[Ncep.nhc.nco_contacts] TSB Morning Rounds - Mon Jul 18, 2016

TSB Admin nhc.tsbadmin at noaa.gov
Mon Jul 18 16:09:51 UTC 2016

Here is today's summary of NHC computer operations:
--- Craig Mattocks


1. Light bulbs were reported out in the TAFB Ops area. NHC Administrator  
Officer Jann Perez will take care of this problem and should be contacted  
directly via email whenever there are facilities issues.

2. Although the ATCF launches from the TAFB N-AWIPS workstations,  
forecasters cannot view the advisory text messages. Error 13 (permission  
denied) messages from the ${ATCFFLS}/nhc_prtcarq application may indicate  
that this functionality is restricted due to the TAFB version of ATCF  
running in "safe mode". TSB Team ATCF will investigate.

3. The TAFB shift log scripts are intermittently reporting issues to the  
TSB spreadsheet. TSB personnel should look at the Google TAFB shift log  
spreadsheet since no email updates are being sent to TSB. Issue still under  
1. Incorrect file permissions on the ATCF servers at CPHC. An aberrant  
change in the file creation mask (umask) on the ATCF servers at CPHC caused  
multiple problems downstream, including: users not able to access/view the  
Hurricane Celia Best Track on NHC's ftp site after the storm was handed off  
to CPHC, failures in forecast guidance retrieval from WCOSS at CPHC, and  
the TAFB rainfall products not updating correctly. TSB Team ATCF (Monica  
Bozeman, Mike Brennan, and Craig Mattocks) fixed the file permissions  
problems and provided recommendations for the CPHC System Administrators on  
how to permanently correct this problem.

2. The 12Z July 17 SHIPS guidance for Darby  
(atcf/stext/16071712EP0516_ships.txt) was not available in the pop-up menu  
in the "print ships" tool on the HSU ATCF workstations, although the data  
was in the decks. TSB is investigating whether there was a problem with  
the "stext" file coming back from WCOSS.

3. CPHC's TCM and the TCP products for Hurricane Celia had incorrect PILs  
(Product Identifier Labels) after the storm was handed off. The PILs are  
manually typed in by HSU. According to Senior Hurricane Specialist Mike  
Brennan, there is no easy way to automate this, because the storm bin  
number often changes when a system moves into the Central Pacific basin -  
it's always given the next bin number in CPHC's rotation. HSU and CPHC's  
forecasters will need to coordinate more closely during  
basin-crossing/storm-handoff situations.
Other items:
A series of TCV/storm surge collaboration tests will be conducted  
Monday-Thursday this week.
RFC #183: ingest v1.0.1 - HSU forecasters had noted that the automated  
ingest of the TAFB Dvorak fixes into the ATCF were taking longer than TAFB  
giving them the Dvorak worksheet, so they were spending time entering them  
by hand. This change speeds up the posting and ingest process by forking  
the processes and running them in parallel for all basins. Implemented on  
July 8 at 1825Z.

RFC #184: gerso.pl v1.2.0 - With NHC's GOES-E satellite ingest down, NHC  
has failed over to the NESDIS feed to get data for operations. Data  
locations and scripts to process the Rapid Scan Operations (RSO) data from  
NESDIS were never setup, so this RFC is addressing that now. NHC is also  
adding new NESDIS McIDAS aliases to the RSO data and adding subroutines to  
the existing perl code to pull and process the RSO and put it on the  
NetApp. To be implemented on July 18 at 1500Z.

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