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The Mesoscale Prediction Branch

The Mesoscale Prediction Branch develops techniques to provide objective short-range(1-24 hour)forecast guidance for all weather elements in routine public and aviation products. In addition, the branch is implementing a National Digital Forecast Database (NDFD) from which products can be produced that offer high resolution and maximum flexibility to customers and partners. The branch will develop techniques for initialization and interactive interpretation of NDFD sensible weather fields that will facilitate forecast coordination among NWS field offices.

The Local AWIPS MOS Program (LAMP) system is designed to frequently update the central Model Output Statistics (MOS) product suite primarily by incorporating current observational data. In addition, the LAMP Quantitative Precipitation Forecast (QPF) system also utilizes mesoscale topography and precipitation climatology to produce precipitation forecasts. Currently, real-time LAMP/QPF products are updated every three hours (02, 05, 08, 11, 14, 17, 20, and 23 UTC) on our web site.

The National Digital Forecast Database (NDFD) is a real-time national (CONUS) mosaic of gridded sensible weather forecasts generated locally at WFOs. Every hour, an updated NDFD mosaic is issued containing the most recent WFO forecast grids. NDFD gridded forecast mosaics are intended to serve a broad spectrum of public and private users.

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