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MDL's Evaluation Branch


  Main Storm Surge Verification

Mission:
  • Develop forecast guidance and mitigation guidance for storm surge hazards
  • Evaluate the skill and accuracy of selected NWS products
  • Maintain and Enhance software to decode and manipulate official NWS products, primarily those encoded in GRIB2 format

The Evaluation Branch develops models for forecasting hurricane storm surge, probabilistic hurricane storm surge, and extratropical storm surge. Forecast guidance is produced to aid coastal forecasters in producing warnings for high water levels along the nation's vulnerable coastline. The branch personnel work closely with emergency managers, NWS Forecast Offices, and the National Hurricane Center.

Also, the branch develops and maintains systems to assess the quality of operational and experimental NWS forecasts.  We provide NWS management and the public with information about the skill and accuracy of various forecast products.  New techniques for verifying forecasts and displaying results are investigated.  Specialized studies are conducted as needed to support service assessments carried out by other NWS organizations.

Finally, the branch maintain and enhances some software to decode and manipulate official NWS products, primarily those encoded in GRIB2 format (see DEGRIB)


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    Meteorological Development Laboratory
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    Silver Spring, MD 20910
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    Page last Modified: November 08, 2012.
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