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Monday, June 05, 2017

Manufacturer and User Feedback During the HRIT/EMWIN PLT



We are still on track for to a two-part post-launch test or PLT of HRIT/EMWIN. We will do the first part from the CBU on June 6-8 (where there will be CMI imagery for 23 hrs June 6-7 and all other products the whole time) and [b] from WCDAS on June 13 -15 with a more or less full suite of data content including the CMI imagery.

To make this test "successful", we would like to get some feedback from our partners, manufacturer community and users. We would like to receive relevant metrics and feedback during and after the test periods. A draft list of input is below. Please let me know if you would like to participate either formally with a report or with anecdotal testimony. If you are uncomfortable with any aspect of the list below, let me know what you can perform. Please pass this on to anyone else you may know about and ask them to contact me if they are interested.

I am especially interested in the usability of the CMI imagery and the EMWIN file-based data which is a large change from the GOES-NOP format.

Paul

Pre-test: 
o   Confirm readiness to receive HRIT signal, and provide point of contact info
o   Provide info on receiver model and software to be used. 
o   Provide info on the antenna size at your installation
o   Identify which products will be ingested and evaluated. 
o   Prepare to provide quantitative and qualitative feedback, such as:  
counts of products received/ingested per type per time interval
reports of anomalies (time-tagged)
·         
During test: 
o   Confirm broadcast "lock" and quality of signal
o Monitor broadcast reception; collect metrics on HRIT from user system perspective
o   Spot-check readability and usability of products (indicate what times looked at).  o Report anomalies or other immediate feedback to HRIT POC, as appropriate

After each test: 
o   Follow-up on any discrepancies observed or
o   As appropriate, sample/compare products received via HRIT to quality of same available from another source.
o   Send summary feedback and metrics for each test period.

Paul

Paul Seymour
Direct Broadcast Manager
301-817-4521

GOES-16 set to become GOES-EAST in November

GOES-16, the most advanced weather satellite NOAA has ever developed, will be moved to the GOES-East position once it is declared operational in November.  NOAA officials announced the decision regarding GOES-16’s placement, during the 2017 Atlantic Hurricane Season Outlook news conference at NOAA’s Center for Weather and Climate Prediction in College Park, Maryland.

When GOES-16 takes over, EMWIN-N users will need to point their dishes to GOES-West to receive the EMWIN-N signal.  GOES-16 will replace the EMWIN-N signal with HRIT/EMWIN.  HRIT/EMWIN uses a different signaling method and will require a new receiver.

See this link for more information on this announcement GOES-16.

Thursday, April 27, 2017

WeatherWire Password Reset

The NWS has added the ability for users to reset their passwords.  You can access it from this link - http://www.nws.noaa.gov/nwws/news.html#Reset

If you have forgotten or lost your user id, you retrieve it using this link - http://www.nws.noaa.gov/nwws/news.html#Resend

Wednesday, March 29, 2017

WeatherWire Setup


If you want to use WeatherWire, the first step is to obtain a user name and password from the NWS.  Use this link to make that request.  http://www.nws.noaa.gov/nwws/news.html#NWWS_OI_Request  It may take up to two weeks to get your user name and password.

After you obtain your user name and password, you will need to purchase the WeatherWire ingest engine.  That can be done at this link. http://www.weathermessage.com/Purchase/tabid/124/ProdID/5/CatID/1/Weather_Message__Weather_Wire_Ingest.aspx

When you get your registration code, Click Start, Weather Message Net, Ingest, WxWw2000 (or WxWw2).  This will start the Weather Wire ingest program.  Click the Register option and enter your registration codes, then click Register.  Click File and Setup.  Enter your Weather Wire user name and password.  Click Save.  The program should connect to the Weather Wire server.

Start Weather Message Server Setup.  In the upper right hand corner, check the Weather Wire option.  This will tell the software to automatically start Weather Wire ingest.

You should restart your computer and verify that the WeatherWire ingest engine is automatically started with Weather Message.  Look for a blinking satellite icon in the system tray.

Tuesday, March 28, 2017

EMWIN Data Outage Announced

TO EMERGENCY MANAGERS WEATHER INFORMATION NETWORK /EMWIN/ NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE /NWS/ CUSTOMERS.

FROM GISC/RTH WASHINGTON DATA MANAGEMENT

SUBJECT: NOTICE TO ALL USERS OF THE EMWIN BROADCAST SERVICE:

EMWIN SERVICE DISRUPTION COMMENCING 1400 EDT 1800 UTC... FRIDAY.. MARCH 31.. 2017

1.  RTH/GISC WASHINGTON EMWIN SERVICES WILL BE DISRUPTED BY A SCHEDULED FACILITIES MAINTENANCE ACTIVITY FROM FRIDAY MARCH 31.. TO SUNDAY APRIL 2.. 2017.

2.  EXPECTED EMWIN SERVICE IMPACTS:

A.  DURATION:  ON OR ABOUT 1400 EDT /1800 UTC/ MARCH 31.. 2017.. TO ON OR ABOUT 1200 EDT /1600 UTC/ APRIL 2.. 2017.

B.  EMWIN FTP SERVICE WILL /NOT/ BE OPERATIONAL.

C. EMWIN SATELLITE BROADCAST FROM GOES EAST AND WEST WILL OPERATE IN A LIMITED PRODUCT /SERVICE BACKUP MODE.. BROADCASTING ONLY US NATIONAL TEXT PRODUCTS INCLUDING ALERTS AND WARNINGS.. PRODUCTS FROM INTERNATIONAL PARTNERS AND IMAGE FILES WILL /NOT/ BE INCLUDED.

D.  EMWIN BYTE BLASTER SERVICE IMPACT IS NOT LIKELY. SHOULD A SERVER CONNECTION FAIL.. USERS MAY WISH TO CONSULT THE FOLLOWING PUBLIC WEATHER MESSAGE WEB PAGE IN CONSIDERATION OF MANUALLY CONNECTING TO AN ACTIVE BYTEBLASTER SERVER:

HTTP://WWW.WEATHERMESSAGE.COM/ SUPPORT/BYTEBLASTERSTATUS.ASPX

3.  EMWIN SYSTEM STATUS UPDATES WILL BE PERIODICALLY UPDATED ON THE EMWIN WEB PAGE ISSUES TAB LOCATED HERE:

HTTP://WWW.NWS.NOAA.GOV/EMWIN/ INDEX.HTM#ISSUES

4.  EMWIN USERS ARE REMINDED TO CONSIDER INCORPORATING ONE OR MORE ADDITIONAL WARNING SOURCES.. OTHER THAN EMWIN.. AS A BACKUP IN THE EVENT OF AN EMWIN SYSTEM FAILURE.   THE NOAA WEATHER WIRE SERVICE NWWS.. IS AVAILABLE TO PROVIDE US NATIONAL WEATHER PRODUCTS VIA BOTH INTERNET AND SATELLITE BROADCAST PUSH SERVICES. EITHER CAN BE USED INDEPENDENTLY.. BUT THE INTERFACE WAS DEVELOPED SO BOTH CAN BE USED SIMULTANEOUSLY TO IMPROVE TIMELINESS OF DELIVERY.. SERVICE AVAILABILITY AND PRODUCT ACCOUNTABILITY.  FURTHER INFORMATION IS AVAILABLE HERE:

THE NOAA WEATHER WIRE SERVICE NWWS. WEB PAGE:

HTTP://WWW.NWS.NOAA.GOV/NWWS/

5.  PLEASE DIRECT ALL EMWIN QUESTIONS AND SERVICE ISSUES TO THE EMWIN SUPPORT STAFF AT:

NWS.EMWIN.SUPPORT@NOAA.GOV

6.  POC: ROBERT GILLESPIE.. ROBERT.GILLESPIE@NOAA.GOV / 301-427-9693

This information is also posted on the NWS Data Management
change notices web page. the url is listed below.

http://www.nws.noaa.gov/ datamgmt/notices.shtml

Data Management
NCO Implementation & Data Services Branch Silver Spring
GISC/RTH Washington Sends

Monday, February 20, 2017

WxRadar Update Needed

The NWS changed their radar sites to use https instead of http.  Because of this WxRadar cannot download radar images.  We have made changes in WxRadar to use https.  A beta is now available to address this issue.

Monday, November 28, 2016

Texting Alerts to Mototrbo Radios

Weather Message now has the ability to text alerts to Mototrbo™ radios.



If you are interested in this capability, drop us an email.

Monday, October 31, 2016

Weather Message 4.2 Released

Weather Message V4.2 has been released. You can download the update at http://www.weathermessage.com/Downloads/WeatherMessage.aspx. For information on what has changed in this release, please read the release notes.
 
Note: Version 4.2 requires the Microsoft .Net Framework 4.0. Because of this requirement, version 4.0 will not run on Windows 2000 or older operating systems.

WxDataSave, WxLocal and the Retransmission applications have been respectively released along with Weather Message 4.0. If you are using any of these applications, they must be upgraded at the same time you upgrade Weather Message.
Thanks for all of your suggestions, bug reports and assistance with the software. Work will begin on version 4.3 right away. Watch the beta page for updates.