NOUS41 KWBC 091312



Public Information Statement, Comment Request

National Weather Service Headquarters Washington DC

912 AM EDT Fri Aug 9 2013


To:       Subscribers:

          -Family of Services

          -NOAA Weather Wire Service

          -Emergency Managers Weather Information Network


          Other NWS partners and employees


From:     Mark Tew

          Chief, Marine and Coastal Weather Services Branch


Subject:  Soliciting Comments on the Experimental National

          Marine Weather Web Portal through July 31, 2014


Effective immediately, and continuing through July 31, 2014, NWS

is seeking user feedback on the Experimental National Marine

Weather Web Portal:


This new portal displays hazards, forecasts, observations and

many other data layers useful for briefing mariners, coastal

managers, emergency managers and first responders on current and

future marine weather.


This web page can be configured by users to display marine

weather information pertinent to their local geographic area,

thus providing critical decision support services. Observations

are included across both land and sea, and include both fixed

observation points and moving ship observations.  Overlays such

as satellite and radar data are also available.


Tropical systems and their forecasted tracks will also be

available on the portal, as well as information from the National

Digital Forecast Database. Other vital datasets available include

tides, sea surface temperatures and analysis and forecasts of key

marine variables such as wind, wind gusts, significant wave

height and surface water currents.


An extensive help menu, including video demonstrations on how to

interact with the portal, is available on the page.


The web portal can be found under "Items of Interest to Mariners"

via the marine home page:


The portal may also be listed on local NWS Weather Forecast

Office websites under the "marine" link.


Please provide feedback on this experimental web page by using

the brief survey form available at the below link and also

available via the feedback link on the portal itself:


Pending analysis of comments, the NWS will decide whether or not

to make the Marine Weather Web Portal operational.


For more information, contact:


  David Soroka

  NWS Marine and Coastal Weather Services Branch

  Silver Spring, MD 20910

  301-713-1677 Ext. 111


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