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Technical Implementation Notice 13-37

National Weather Service Headquarters Washington DC

718 AM EDT Wed Oct 30 2013


To:         Subscribers

            -Family of Services

            -NOAA Weather Wire Service

            -Emergency Managers Weather Information Network


            Other NWS Partners and Employees


From:       Richard J. Vogt

            Director, WSR-88D Radar Operations Center


Subject:    WSR-88D Software Build 14 Real-Time Level 2 Test Data

            Will Be Available Between November 18 and

            December 10, 2013


The NEXRAD Program will implement software changes in Weather

Surveillance Radar-1988, Doppler (WSR-88D) Radar Data

Acquisition/Radar Product Generator (RDA/RPG) Build 14, that may

impact data/product users and user systems. Beta testing of

Build 14 will begin in February 2014. The software is scheduled

for release starting in April 2014. A summary of the Build 14

changes was provided in TIN 13-4.


Real-time Level 2 data from the Radar Operations Center (ROC)

test bed WSR-88D (KCRI) will be available during the Build 14

Operations Test at select periods between November 18 and 

December 10 2013. You can obtain the data from the NWS Level II

Data Collection and Distribution Network Top Tier Sites. Contact

information for these Top Tier sites is online at:


Information on when data will be available with Supplemental

Adaptive Intra-Volume Low-Level Scan (SAILS) and/or Automated

Volume Scan Evaluation and Termination (AVSET) operating is on

the ROC website:


The following additional tools are available to assist user

transition to the Build 14 changes:


1.    Draft Build 14 Interface Control Documents (ICDs) describing the new data

2.    format and data stream (RPG to Class 1, RDA to RPG, and Product Specification):


3.    Dates/times of archived test Level 2 data sets, available from NCDC, using

4.    the new format and SAILS and/or AVSET:


3.  An early version of Build 14 Software, executable and source code, is available

for public use from the NWS Common Operations and Development Environment (CODE):


More detailed descriptions of AVSET and SAILS:


For questions concerning these changes, please contact:


     Mike Istok

     NWS Office of Science & Technology


     Joe Chrisman

     WSR-88D Radar Operations Center


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