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Public Information Statement 17-03

National Weather Service Headquarters Silver Spring, MD

1200 PM EST Mon Jan 23 2017     

 

TO:      Subscribers:

         -NOAA Weather Wire Service

         -Emergency Managers Weather Information Network

         -NOAAPORT

         Other NWS Partners and NWS Employees

 

FROM:    Michelle Hawkins

         Chief, Severe, Fire, Public, and Winter Weather

           Services Branch

 

SUBJECT: Soliciting comments on the Prototype Winter Storm

         Severity Index (WSSI) until April 30, 2017

 

The NWS is soliciting comments on a Winter Storm Severity Index

(WSSI) prototype until April 30, 2017.  Prototype WSSI values

will be produced for 15 NWS selected Weather Forecast Offices

(WFOs) across the contiguous 48 states. 

 

The purpose of the WSSI prototype is to provide NWS forecasters

and partners with an indication of the severity of winter

weather hazards and its potential related societal impacts.  The

WSSI prototype does not depict official warnings and should

always be used in context with official NWS forecasts and

warnings.

 

The WSSI prototype is available for comment via a link from 

15 select NWS Weather Forecast Offices:

 

Albany, NY: http://www.weather.gov/btv/winterseverity?id=ALY

Albuquerque, NM: http://www.weather.gov/btv/winterseverity?id=ABQ

Amarillo, TX: http://www.weather.gov/btv/winterseverity?id=AMA

Binghamton, NY: http://www.weather.gov/btv/winterseverity?id=BGM

Burlington, VT: http://www.weather.gov/btv/winterseverity?id=BTV

Dodge City, KS: http://www.weather.gov/btv/winterseverity?id=DDC

Elko, NV: http://www.weather.gov/btv/winterseverity?id=LKN

Gaylord, MI: http://www.weather.gov/btv/winterseverity?id=APX

Grand Junction, CO: http://www.weather.gov/btv/winterseverity?id=GJT

Grand Rapids, MI: http://www.weather.gov/btv/winterseverity?id=GRR

Medford, OR: http://www.weather.gov/btv/winterseverity?id=MFR

Omaha, NE: http://www.weather.gov/btv/winterseverity?id=OAX

Paducah, KY: http://www.weather.gov/btv/winterseverity?id=PAH

Philadelphia, PA: http://www.weather.gov/btv/winterseverity?id=PHI

Wichita, KS: http://www.weather.gov/btv/winterseverity?id=ICT

 

The WSSI prototype will be updated at least four times daily at

approximately 0100 Coordinated Universal Time (UTC), 0700 UTC,

1300 UTC and 1900 UTC. No communication system changes are

required to view this web-based information.

 

Additional information and an example of the prototype product

are in the Product Description Document (PDD) at the link below:

 

http://products.weather.gov/PDD/WSSIPDD.pdf

 

Comments may be submitted via the survey link below. The survey

link will also be available on the WFO web pages:

 

www.nws.noaa.gov/survey/nws-survey.php?code=WSSI

 

If comments and prototype evaluation are favorable, NWS may

expand the demonstration for the 2017/2018 winter season. NWS

will provide additional opportunity for comment/review on the

experimental product before any operational decision. If you

have questions, please contact:

 

David Soroka

National Winter Weather Program Lead

NWS Severe, Fire, Public and Winter Services Branch

Silver Spring, MD

David.Soroka@noaa.gov
301-427-9346

 

NWS Public Information Statements are online at:

 

    http://www.weather.gov/os/notif

 

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