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This post was written by Schnack on February 21, 2017

New GOES-16

The new GOES-R has become GOES-16. The first images from the new satellite have been released by NOAA/NASA today. Here is a side-by-side comparison of 16 vs 13. Here is the press release.

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If you want to see a very detailed look at the above photo click here.

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This post was written by Schnack on January 23, 2017

There’s a New Satellite in Town

Actually, in space.  GOES-16 was launched in November and just sent back the first images. And they are stunning!

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GOES stands for Geostationary Operational Environmental Satellite.   GOES-16 is the first of four new satellites from NASA that will replace the aging satellites currently in orbit. The new satellites can multitask… taking full disc images, like the one above, every 15 minutes, and a full U.S. image every 5 minutes, along with pinpointing regional areas that may be experiencing drought, hurricanes, volcanic eruptions….  It won’t actually be operational until later this year, but it is already impressing a lot of scientists!

To read more about the satellite, click here.

To see more of the fantastic first images, click here.

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This post was written by Eileen Loan on January 23, 2017

NOAA Weather Radio is Off Air

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This post was written by Schnack on January 4, 2017

Why Long-Range Snow Forecasts are Wrong

In the past 7-10 days I have been asked about a major winter storm in the middle of next week. The problem with that is when all of this started it was about 10-14 days before the “storm”. Here is another way a looking at long-range snow forecasts. Any details you read about or share are most likely going to be wrong. My best advise is not to share that kind of information 10-14 days out.

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This post was written by Schnack on December 2, 2016

ICYMI Nov 23 – Fogbow/ AERI/

Meteorologist are always looking for was to improve weather forecasting. An instrument called,  Atmospheric Emitted Radiance Interferometer, or AERI might help. The data it gathers might improve forecast models. Click here to read more information.

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Fogbow in Scotland
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Click here to see how fogbows form.


 

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This post was written by Schnack on November 23, 2016

New Weather Satellite Launches

Saturday, November 19th marked a big day in the meteorological and space world.  A rocket carrying a new weather satellite, called “GOES-R” (Geostationary Operational Environmental Satellite), launched from Cape Canaveral, Florida at 5:42 PM (CST).

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This new satellite will be stationed 22,300 miles above Earth’s surface, and help provide improvements in detection and observation of weather here on Earth.  The new satellite will provide advanced imaging across the Western Hemisphere, improved lightning data, as well as monitoring space weather.

Once in operation, the satellite will be called GOES-16.

 

The new instruments within the satellite will give us more data and imagery faster than ever before (approximately every 30 seconds).  Read more about the GOES-R satellite here.

 

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This post was written by Kyle Kiel on November 19, 2016

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ICYMI Nov 14 – No Snow/ Warm Temperatures/

As of November 14, only 0.2% of US has snow. In the last 14 years it is the lowest percentage on this day.

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From NOAA: The map on the left shows average snow cover from 1981 to 2010 for the second week of November. (Data: NCEI) The image on the right shows the current amount of snow cover as of November 14, 2016. (Data: National Ice Center)

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Here is a look at above normal average temperatures for a good part of North America today. Take a look at the colder than normal conditions on the other side of the globe. There is some cold air, but just not nearby.

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This post was written by Schnack on November 15, 2016

ICYMI Nov 13 – Earthquakes/Satellite Launch/Supermoon/Sunset

Two different earthquakes struck this morning – one in New Zealand and one in Argentina. The New Zealand quake was the strongest of the two, measuring in as a magnitude 7.8. This initial earthquake resulted in a tsunami.  Read more by clicking here.

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Many aftershocks were already felt by late morning.

A few hours later, another quake was felt across the planet. A magnitude 6.2 struck South America.

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A new weather satellite is set to launch November 19th at 4:52 PM CST.  A rocket carrying the latest weather satellite from NOAA, GOES-R will fly 22,000 miles above Earth, giving meteorologist a view of what’s going on below.  Read more about the satellite by clicking this link.

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You’ve likely heard about the November “Supermoon.”  Well, it is finally here!

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We do have some clouds around tonight, but they are high clouds so we won’t be completely overcast.  It will also be visible Monady night, however we do have clouds in the forecast then as well.  Click here for more information. Below are some viewer pictures.

Todd Moon in New Albin

Todd Moon in New Albin

 

Photo by: Amber Stueben in Cedar Falls

Photo by: Amber Stueben in Cedar Falls

 

Photo by: Carol Pfister in West Union

Photo by: Carol Pfister in West Union

 

Photo by: Marty Dvorak in Bremer

Photo by: Marty Dvorak in Bremer


As mentioned, there are some high clouds in our sky Sunday night, which developed late Sunday afternoon. They made for a fantastic sunset earlier.  Here are several photos from KWWL viewers on Facebook and Twitter:

 

Mike Graber in Cedar Rapids

Mike Graber in Cedar Rapids

 

Dianne Borowski, just east of Decorah

Dianne Borowski, just east of Decorah

 

Wade Clark in Cedar Falls

Wade Clark in Cedar Falls

 

Corinna Smith in Urbana

Corinna Smith in Urbana

 

Douglas Davies in Jesup

Douglas Davies in Jesup

 

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Amber Stueven in Cedar Falls

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Carol Johnson in Postville

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This post was written by Rachael Peart on November 13, 2016

Evolving the National Weather Service

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Statement from Susan Buchanan, NWS Spokesperson

Nov. 1, 2016

On the Record

With a growing population at risk, an economy that is increasingly vulnerable to weather, an aging infrastructure and a changing climate, the National Weather Service is taking steps to evolve into an even more effective agency.

As part of this process, we are considering ways to realign staff and functions to deliver weather forecasts and warnings more effectively. We are not proposing to close local forecast offices. The proposal has all forecasts and warnings continuing to be issued by the local forecast offices to their communities. The products, services, data and information that communities and businesses have come to rely upon will still be provided by the NWS, but with more accuracy and consistency.

This is not an effort to automate forecasts, or issue forecasts from Washington, D.C., or another central location. This initiative will use a national blend of weather models as an initial starting point for forecasts, to achieve national consistency and more accuracy. Our local forecasters will take the initial national forecast and contribute their local knowledge and expertise before issuing forecasts and warnings to the public. We are building a collaborative forecast process that will involve all NWS offices at all levels of the agency.

We are not proposing to reduce our workforce. Everyone who has a job today will still have a job. The ideas and proposals of this initiative were developed with and by our workforce over a two-year period, with union members on the development teams.

Before being implemented, proposed changes will go through a rigorous and transparent test and evaluation phase to ensure they maintain or increase the accuracy of our forecasts and improve the decision support services we provide to a wide range of decision-makers at the local, state and federal levels.

Background for Reporters

We are proposing to continue the transformational shift from merely producing forecasts and warnings to linking those forecasts and warnings to decision-makers who are on the front lines saving lives and property. We call this active linkage Impact-based Decision Support Services, or IDSS. Our forecasters already provide IDSS, but we’ve heard loud and clear from our core partners at the local, state and federal levels and from analysis by the National Academy of Public Administration and the National Research Council that we need to provide better quality, quantity, and consistent IDSS to achieve the goal of building a Weather-Ready Nation – one that is ready, responsive and resilient to extreme weather, water and climate events.

We will ultimately test seven ideas that were generated by our workforce to free up our forecasters’ time and break down barriers that are impeding their ability to meet the nation’s growing need for IDSS. In the coming year, our priority is to test three of these ideas, which are: use of the National Blend of Models to initialize the National Digital Forecast Database, use of autolaunchers to automate sending up weather balloons, and the GS 5-12 career progression, which would ensure aggressive hiring and training processes and give our forecasters increased flexibility to serve our core partners and general public and to provide IDSS required at the local, state and federal levels.

These proposals were developed with and by the NWS workforce via five field teams as we analyzed and refined ideas that came out of an operations and workforce analysis conducted by McKinsey and Company. These teams included representatives from the National Weather Service Employees Organization at every step. As we move forward, we will continue our efforts to evolve the NWS, we will continue the robust internal and external engagement, seeking input and collaboration from our workforce and our partners throughout the country as we develop and test, refine and finally implement changes that will make the NWS Second to None.

Contact

Susan Buchanan, acting director of public affairs, National Weather Service

susan.buchanan@noaa.gov, 301-427-9000 (office); 202-834-5235 (cell)

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This post was written by Schnack on November 1, 2016