Conference of the Parties to the Framework Conven- critical elements in the weather services provided to tion on Climate Change (Buenos Aires, September the nation." 1998) as a priority issue for governments. The work "Our vision is to be America's no-surprise weather of JCOMM will also lead to improved maritime safety service and we are well on our way," said NWS Di- services, as well as new meteorological and oceano- rector John J. Kelly Jr. He cited examples demonstrat- graphic data and services to support sustainable na- ing the modernization program's success: AWIPS and tiona l development and the protection and Doppler radar helped forecasters in Norman, Okla- management of the marine environment. homa, detect tornadoes and rapidly issue severe This initiative represents a new paradigm for coop- weather warnings that alerted people to the deadly eration between United Nations System Agencies, tornado outbreak in May and helped save lives; and involving a pooling of resources and expertise to ad- in July 1998, the advanced graphic display capabili- dress common issues. It will lead to enhanced effi- ties of AWIPS helped forecasters in Salt Lake City see ciency and cost effectiveness at the intergovernmental heavy rains in Zion National Park. A timely flash flood level and to greater cooperation between national agen- warning resulted and at least 40 hikers avoided a flood- ing canyon. cies and institutions dealing with the disciplines of meteorology and oceanography. "Completing the National Weather Service modern- ization program has been a top priority for Commerce NOA A Installs New Weather Forecasting Secretary Daley and the administration, who deserve System credit for seeing this program to completion," said A high-tech, interactive weather computer and com- Mallett. "Secretary Daley commissioned a cost review, munications system has been installed in 152 NOAA ensured that NOAA stayed within budget, and made sites across the country, completing a decade-long ef- major management changes at the National Weather fort to revamp weather services and significantly im- Service that increased accountability and guaranteed prove weather forecasting, Deputy Secretary of success." Commerce Robert Mallett announced. For an investment that costs each American about "Today we celebrate the beginning of modernized $4 per year, the NWS issues more than 734,000 operations for NOAA's National Weather Service," weather forecasts and 850,000 river and flood fore- said Mallett. "The installation of Advanced Weather Interactive Processing System (AWIPS) units is a milestone in the revolution of weather services for our country. "Timely, accurate, weather, water, and climate in- Two Million Dollar Lightning Stroke formation impacts the economy and the well-being of every citizen and business in this nation. We will con- tinue supporting the research, development, and instal- Lightning striking a 55,000- lation of new tools that will help the National Weather barrel crude-oil tank caused a Service meet the demands of the next century," he said. $2,000,000 fire to sweep the AWIPS provides significant improvements in tank farms of the Associated and weather- and flood-related services. The system gives Standard Oil Companies and the NWS forecasters access to other tools developed and adjacent waterfront between installed under the modernization program, such as Monterey and Pacific Grove, satellite imagery, Doppler radar data, automated California, Sept. 14-15, 1924. weather observations, and computer-generated nu- This fire covered about twenty acres and was not merical forecasts, all at one workstation. put under control until it had burned for over "The modernization process we've been engaged in twenty-four hours. During this time two fire for the past decade is not just a Weather Service suc- fighters were killed, and at least thirty others cess story, but a NOAA success story," said NOAA were burned.—N. Y. World. Sept. 16,1924. Administrator D. James Baker. "Many NOAA scien- tists have contributed research and development ex- Bull Amer. Meteor. Soc., 5, 145. pertise to the systems the Weather Service uses, and NOAA's satellite and data management branches are Bulletin of the American Meteorological Society 210 7
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Published: Oct 1, 1999
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