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Technical Implementation Notice 11-21, Amended

National Weather Service Headquarters Washington DC

1230 PM EDT Tue Nov 1 2011


To:      Subscribers:

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         Other NWS Partners, and NWS Employees


From:    Tim McClung

         Chief Science Plans Branch

         Office of Science and Technology


Subject: Amended: Addition of HIRESW Products to NOAAPORT:

         Scheduled for November 8, 2011.


Amended to schedule the implementation date to activate these products on NOAAPORT/Satellite Broadcast Network (SBN) expansion on November 8, 2011.


On Tuesday, November 8, 2011, the National Centers for Environmental Prediction (NCEP) will begin disseminating output from the High-Resolution Window Forecast System (HIRESW) on NOAAPORT and SBN. 


HIRESW includes runs of the Weather Research and Forecast (WRF) version 3.2 of the Advanced Research WRF (ARW) and the Nonhydrostatic Mesoscale Model (NMM).  These runs are made over
6 domains covering the contiguous United States , Alaska , Hawaii , Puerto Rico and Guam . The HIRESW generates gridded output in GRIB2 format for 5km grids for each domain.


Below is the run schedule and the associated domains:


  0000 UTC: Eastern US, Hawaii and Guam

  0600 UTC: Western US and Puerto Rico

  1200 UTC: Eastern US, Hawaii and Guam

  1800 UTC: Alaska and Puerto Rico


These HIRESW runs are cancelled on the NCEP operational supercomputer when hurricane models are running during the tropical season.


The HIRESW provides detailed forecasts of low-level temperatures and winds, and increased structure in precipitation forecasts due to a lack of parameterized convection.  More information regarding the HIRESW and associated products can be found at:


The WMO headers for these HIRESW GRIB2 products are L*x*** KWBS or M*x*** KWBS where x =


A for Eastern US

B for Western US

C for Alaska

D for Hawaii

E for Puerto Rico

F for Guam


A complete explanation of the WMO headers for all of the products is available at:


The HIRESW output is currently available on the NCEP server at: 



in directories hiresw.YYYYMMDD, where YYYYMMDD is the current year, month and day.


The model data for the Guam and Puerto Rico domains will be added to NOAAPORT on November 8th; however, the data will not be displayable in the Advanced Weather Interactive Processing System (AWIPS) until future modifications are made.


For questions regarding the HIRESW, please contact:


  Matthew Pyle

  NCEP/EMC, Mesoscale Modeling Branch

   Camp Springs , Maryland

  301-763-8000 x 7242


  Geoff DiMego

  NCEP/EMC, Mesoscale Modeling Branch

  Camp Springs , Maryland

   301-763-8000 x 7221


For questions regarding the dataflow aspects of these data

sets, please contact the NCEP/NCO/PMB Dataflow Help Desk at:




All National Technical Implementation Notices are online at: