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VISION 2005
National Weather Service Strategic Plan for Weather, Water, and Climate Services
2000-2005


August 1999

Modification History as of December 2001


Changes


These items change the content of the NWS Strategic Plan and have been agreed to by the NWS Corporate Board. All changes have been incorporated into the online versions of the Plan. The page numbers refer to the August 1999 printed version.
  • C (1) Approved October 18, 1999. On page 21, under Goal 4.0, "Change the NWS Organizational Culture," under Subtask 4.6, "Increase the representation of women and minorities in NWS":

    Change "women and minorities" to "women, minorities, and people with disabilities" in both the subtask listing and the performance measure below.
  • C(2) Approved April 5, 2000. On page 11, under the objective "Extend the time periods and improve the accuracy and formats of weather, water, and climate forecast products," the final performance measure has been reworded as follows:

    Improve numerical model guidance over the Pacific and West Coast so it is as accurate as the rest of the country (2005).
  • C(3) Approved April 5, 2000. On page 12, the second "Aviation Services" performance measure has been revised to add the underlined phrase as follows:

    Reduce false alarm rate by 50 percent and increase the probability of detection by 50 percent for the 0- to 12-hour period for critical ceiling (200 feet) and visibility (1/4 mile) forecasts as contained in aviation terminal forecasts (2005).
  • C(4) Approved April 5, 2000. On page 12, the third "Aviation Services" performance measure has been replaced by the following:

    Increase probability of detection by 50 percent and reduce false alarm rate by 50 percent for the 0- to 12-hour aviation terminal forecasts of ceiling and visibility within instrument flight rules (IFR) and marginal visual flight rules (MVFR) categories (2005).
  • C(5) Approved April 5, 2000. On page 13, under "Flood Forecasting and Water Management," the following performance measure was added:

    Integrate within AWIPS the functionality of all hydrologic applications required to support Weather Forecast Office and River Forecast Center operations (2005).
  • C(6) Approved April 5, 2000. On page 15, the first performance measure under Subtask 1.3, "Nurture critical partnerships to provide effective and efficient delivery of NWS products and services," has been reworded as follows:

    Increase the number of state and local emergency managers trained in the NOAA/Federal Emergency Management Agency core hazard courses by 5% annually (2005).
  • C(7) Approved April 5, 2000. On page 19, Subtask 3.4, "Continue U.S. leadership of the International Tsunami and Volcanic Ash Programs," the following performance measure was added:

    Improve the timeliness, accuracy, reliability, coverage, and effectiveness of tsunami warnings.
  • C(8) Approved April 5, 2000. On page 20, the first two performance measures under Subtask 4.1, "Implement human resource and management practices to support our Vision and reflect our Core Values," have been reworded as follows:

    Review the 1998 and 1999 National Partnership for Reinventing Government Employee Survey Results and 1999 NOAA Survey Feedback and Action (SFA) results, and other relevant documents to determine the organizational culture deficits related to implementing the NWS Vision (2000). AND

    Develop and implement an improvement plan to address culture deficits with specific targets tied to the results of applicable survey instruments in 2001 and beyond.
  • C(9) Approved April 5, 2000. On page 21, under Subtask 4.5, "Capitalize on the diversity of our work force to improve participation, communication, and overall organizational performance," the last performance measure has been replaced by the following two performance measures:

    Establish baseline Managing Diversity Performance Measures (2001). AND

    Set targets for Managing Diversity performance measures for 2002 and beyond, using 2001 as a baseline (2002).
  • C(10) Approved April 5, 2000. On page 22, in the second performance measure under Subtask 5.1, "Implement an integrated policy, planning, budgeting, assessment, and accountability system that links decision making and goals to program implementation and evaluation," the word "all" has been removed.
  • C(11) Approved April 5, 2000. On page 22, in the last performance measure under Subtask 5.2, "Leverage information technology to improve the cost effectiveness of NWS systems, programs, and operations," the phrase "computer power" has been replaced by "computer resources."
  • C(12) Approved April 27, 2001. On page 10, under the objective "Increase the accuracy and timeliness of NWS warnings," the target in the first performance measure was changed as indicated by the underlined text, below.

    Reduce the national average tornado warning false alarm rate from 0.80 (1998) to 0.55 or lower and increase the probability of detection from 0.64 (1998) to 0.80 or higher and the lead time from 11 minutes (1998) to 15 minutes (2005).
  • C(13) Approved April 27, 2001. On page 11, under the objective "Increase the accuracy and timeliness of NWS warnings,"(listed on page 10) the target in the last performance measure was changed as indicated by the underlined text, below.

    Increase flash-flood warning lead time from 52 minutes (1998) to 58 minutes (2005).
  • C(14) Approved April 27, 2001. On page 12, the second "Aviation Services" performance measure has been revised as indicated by the underlined text, below. Includes previous change listed in C(3), above.

    Reduce false alarm rate from 52 percent (1998) to 30 percent and increase the probability of detection by 50 percent for the 0- to 12-hour period for critical ceiling (200 feet) and visibility (1/4 mile) forecasts as contained in aviation terminal forecasts (2005).
  • C(15) Approved April 27, 2001. On page 13, the first "Marine Services" performance measure was changed as indicated by the underlined text, below.

    Improve the accuracy by 20 percent of wind and wave forecasts (2005).
  • C(16) Approved April 27, 2001. On page 13, the third "Marine Services" performance measure has been replaced by the following two performance measures (with changes indicated as underlined):

    Improve by 15 percent the lead time and accuracy for Storm, Gale, and Small Craft Advisories (2005). AND

    Improve by 20 percent the lead time and probability of detection for Special Marine Warnings (2005).
  • C(17) Approved April 27, 2001. On page 11, under the objective "Increase the accessibility and availability of weather, water, and climate information to the American People," the target date in the second performance measure was changed as indicated by the underlined text, below.

    Increase coverage of the NOAA Weather Radio (NWR) transmitter network to 95 percent of the U.S. population (2006).
  • C(18) Approved April 27, 2001. On page 12, under the objective "Improve accessibility of weather, water, and climate information to high risk communities,"(listed on page 11) the target date in the first performance measure was changed as indicated by the underlined text, below.

    Increase NWR coverage to 100 percent in hazardous weather high-risk areas (2005).
  • C(19) Approved April 27, 2001. On page 12, under the objective "Improve accessibility of weather, water, and climate information to high risk communities,"(listed on page 11) the target date in the last performance measure was changed as indicated by the underlined text, below.

    Where demographics demand, convert NWR products into multilingual formats (2003).
  • C(20) Approved December 2001. On page 10, under the objective "Increase the accuracy and timeliness of NWS warnings," the first performance measure was changed as indicated by the underlined text, below (supercedes C(12) above).

    Reduce the national average tornado warning false alarm rate from 0.80 (1998) to 0.69 or lower and increase the probability of detection from 0.64 (1998) to 0.73 or higher and the lead time from 11 minutes (1998) to 13 minutes (2005).
  • C(21) Approved December 2001. On page 10, under the objective "Increase the accuracy and timeliness of NWS warnings," the second performance measure was changed as indicated by the underlined text, below.

    Decrease the hurricane track 48-hr. forecast error to 133 nautical miles. Improve hurricane wind speed forecasts by 20 percent(2005).
  • C(22) Approved December 2000. On page 11, under the objective "Increase the accuracy and timeliness of NWS warnings" (listed on page 10), the third performance measure was changed as indicated by the underlined text, below.

    Increase the probability of detection of winter storms to 90 percent and the lead time to 15 hours (2005).
  • C(23) Approved December 2001. On page 11, under the objective "Increase the accuracy and timeliness of NWS warnings"(listed on page 10), the last performance measure was changed as indicated by the underlined text, below (supercedes C(13) above).

    Increase flash-flood warning lead time from 44 minutes (1999) to 48 minutes (2005).
  • C(24) Approved April 27, 2001. On page 12, under the objective "Enhance partnerships with the emergency management community and increase the lead time for information delivered on emergency weather and water situations," the first performance measure was changed as indicated by the underlined text, below.

    Establish "StormReady" community recognition program, and designate 30 communities as "StormReady" each year.


Errata


These errors in the text of the NWS Strategic Plan were caught too late to be incorporated into the version printed August, 1999.
  • E (1) In the hurricane table on page 3, "Camile" should be "Camille."
  • E (2) In the footnote to the hurricane table on page 3, "Pieke Jr., R.A." should be "Pielke Jr., R.A."
  • E (3) In the picture caption on page 5, "dryer" should be "drier."
  • E (4) On page 14, under "Space Services," remove the checkmark before "Integrate space weather forecasts into the NWS operational product suite."
  • E (5) On page 14, under Goal 1.0, "Deliver Better Products and Services," under Subtask 1.2, "Produce a seamless suite of products and services.":
    Insert a large circular bullet before the first paragraph under the subtask statement.
  • E (6) In the picture caption on page 20, the last two words should be "sunshine sensor" rather than "temperature sensor."
  • E (7) On page 21, in the last performance measure under Goal 4.4, "National Strategic Training Evaluation and Education Program" should read "National Strategic Training and Education Plan."

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