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Public Information Statement PNS 16-35

National Weather Service Headquarters, Washington, DC

705 AM EDT MON Oct 17 2016

 

To:      Subscribers:

         -NOAA Weather Wire Service

         -Emergency Managers Weather Information Network

         -NOAAPORT

         Other NWS partners and NWS employees

 

From:    Ben Kyger

         Director, NCEP Central Operations

 

Subject: Soliciting Comments on Changes to the NWS Forecast

         web site at forecast.weather.gov through

         November 15, 2016,

 

The National Centers for Environmental Prediction Central

Operations (NCO) is soliciting comments on changes to the Point

Forecast application at:

 

http://forecast.weather.gov

 

The purpose of these changes is to create a more usable

interface with no duplication of service to users while

providing a more modern service-oriented data structure.

 

The proposal to update the Point Forecast application will

alter/deprecate a significant number of Uniform Resource

Locators (URLs). Although in many cases the functionality is the

same, the structure of the new site requires modifications to

the URL. Users will be automatically redirected where possible

to ease this transition for public customers; however, partners

running automated processes to get NWS data from

forecast.weather.gov will need to make sure that either their

application properly follows these redirects or points directly

to the new URL.  The following pages and their new equivalent

pages are below:

 

The following URLs and their equivalent pages are below:

 

forecast.weather.gov/MapClick.php  

is replaced by

forecast.weather.gov/point/

 

forecast.weather.gov/obslocal.php  

is replaced by

forecast.weather.gov/zone/<zone-id>/obs#

 

w1.weather.gov/data/obhistory/XXX.html  

is replaced by

forecast.weather.gov/obs/<siteid>/history

 

w1.weather.gov/data/obhistory/XXX.html

is replaced by

forecast.weather.gov/zone/<zoneid>/history

 

w1.weather.gov/glossary/index.php is replaced by

forecast.weather.gov/glossary

 

forecast.weather.gov/product.php

is replaced by

forecast.weather.gov/products/<type>/siteId/<page>

 

forecast.weather.gov/product_types.php

is replaced by

forecast.weather.gov/products

 

w1.weather.gov/xml/current_obs/seek.php

is replaced by

forecast.weather.gov/obs/

 

w1.weather.gov/xml/current_obs/display.php

forecast.weather.gov/obs/<siteid>

 

forecast.weather.gov/netcdfheader.php

is moved to an internal URL

 

forecast.weather.gov/gfestatus

is moved to an internal URL

 

forecast.weather.gov/gfestatuslite.php

is moved to an internal URL.

 

The following pages will be deprecated with this update and will

no longer be available:

 

/error_404.php

/MkBackGround.php

/error.php

/showsigmz.php

/gridpoint_spa.php

/stations.php

/index.php

/showsigwx.php

/wxplanner_spa.php

/common.php

/zipcity.php

/siteNews.php

/obslocal_spa.php

/glossary.php

/sitestatus.php

/status.php

/gridpoint.php

/shmrn.php

/product_sites.php

/MapClick_spa.php

/preview.php

 

In addition to the above changes, all URLs will be served only

on SSL per Office of Management and Budget (OMB) Directive

M-15-13 which can be found at

 

https://www.whitehouse.gov/sites/default/files/omb/memoranda/2015/m-15-13.pdf

 

All URLs for forecast.weather.gov and

www.weather.gov

will be redirected to SSL and will only be accessible at https:

domain names.

 

The proposed new service is online for testing and feedback at:

 

https://forecast-v3.weather.gov

 

Comments will be accepted through November 15, 2016, via

electronic survey at the following link:

 

http://www.nws.noaa.gov/survey/nws-survey.php?code=PFCSTCHANGES

 

If you have any questions or comments, please contact:

 

Kolly Mars

NCEP Central Operations

Internet Dissemination

7220 NW 101st Terrace

Kansas City, MO 64153

kolly.mars@noaa.gov

 

NWS Public Information Statements are available at

 

http://www.weather.gov/os/notif.htm

 

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