NOUS41 KWBC 191955



Public Information Statement, Comment Request

National Weather Service Headquarters Washington, DC

255 PM EST Wed Feb 19 2014


To:        Subscribers:

           -Family of Services

           -NOAA Weather Wire Service

           -Emergency Managers Weather Information Network


           Other NWS Partners, Users and Employees


From:      Allan Darling

           Deputy Director, NCEP Central Operations


Subject:   Soliciting Public Comments through March 21, 2014

           on the Removal of GFS-based products


The National Centers for Environmental Prediction (NCEP)

is seeking comments through March 21, 2014, on a proposal to

stop producing several obsolete products based on output from

the Global Forecast System (GFS) model. Legacy products being

suggested for removal include gridded, text and graphical

products listed below. If NWS decides to terminate a product, it

will be removed from all dissemination sources, including

NOAAPORT, the NCEP and NWS ftp server and all other sources.


Gridded Products Proposed for Removal:

- 0.5 degree resolution RTG Sea Surface Temperature(SST)analysis 

- 1 degree Reynolds 7-day SST analysis on Family of Services


- 1 degree Reynolds 7-day SST analysis on WAFS grid

- GRIB1 GFS model output on AWIPS grid 213 for a 95km CONUS


- GRIB1 GFS model output on AWIPS grid 211 for an 80km CONUS



Text Products Proposed for Removal:

- Upper Wind Fallout Forecasts

- GFS output in legacy GRID format    

- Text bulletins of ship observations from GFS analysis


Graphical Products Proposed for Removal:

- Redbook graphics plots of normal maximum and minimum


- Faxsimile (FAX) charts of winds and temperatures at various

  flight levels

- FAX charts of surface analyses for various domains


More specific details about the products, along with suggested

alternative products are provided at this webpage:


NWS will evaluate all comments to determine whether to proceed

with this change. If approved, NWS will send a Technical

Implementation Notice giving 30 days notice of the

implementation date.


Send comments on this proposal to:


  Rebecca Cosgrove

  NWS/NCEP Central Operations

  College Park, MD


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