[Ncep.nhc.nco_contacts] TSB Morning Rounds - Mon Jun 06, 2016
nhc.tsbadmin at noaa.gov
Mon Jun 6 17:08:30 UTC 2016
Here is today's summary of NHC computer operations:
--- Craig Mattocks
1. In an effort to comply with mixed-case text guidelines, TAFB forecasters
began issuing the Tropical Weather Discussions (TWDAT and TWDEP products)
with a mixed-case Mass News Disseminator (MND) header block, eg:
Tropical Weather Discussion
NWS National Hurricane Center Miami FL
752 PM EDT SUN JUN 5 2016
Note that the issuance date/time line must remain in ALL-CAPS until AWIPS
build 16.2.2 is installed due to an incompatibility with NWRWAVES (NOAA
Weather Radio With AllHazards VTEC Enhanced Software).
Unfortunately, this change in the product headers cused a text parsing
error so the products could not be displayed correctly on NHC's web site.
TSB Web Developer Dave Zelinsky had to scramble on a weekend to fix the
Forecasters are advised to coordinate with TSB before making any changes
2. TAFB forecasters reported that the surface progs would not launch from
the Cumulus N-AWIPS workstation at 06Z on Saturday, June 4 (workstation
hung up). They were successfully launched from Crappie. After rebooting the
Cumulus workstation, the scripts began running fine.
3. The OFFN04 (NAVTEX marine forecast, Miami) product crashed several times
for 5:30 am issuances. To work around this problem, the previous version
was retransmitted and the time was changed. TAFB Surface Anayst Evelyn
Rivera-Acevedo discovered that the weather type "SQ" (squall) was not
defined in the wxHierarchies() function/def in the GFE Python script for
this product. She added it to the function, which corrected the problem.
1. There have been multiple problems importing the EMX/EMXI/GFSI forecast
aids in the ATCF during TS Colin. This is a NCEP problem, caused by the
Marchok vortex tracker not being able to locate the center of the weak,
2. The SST anomaly plots on NHC's web site:
did not compare well with those on the Climate Prediction Center's web site:
TSB Developer Matt Overlinde discovered that the average SST needed to be
computed for the middle (15th day) of the month, instead of the first of
the month. This correction remedied the cold bias in the western Atlantic.
The SST anomalies in the NHC product are now in much better agreement with
those computed by CPC.
3. Noise problems continue with the Hurricane Hotline, despite recent work
by AT&T technicians in Silver Spring. NCO is monitoring thia issue.
4. Web-launch errors occurred for social media products due to a missing
account on the backup web server (hsu at nhc-vm-www02). A different, shared
account was used, so the product successfully posted to the web. TSB Web
Developer Dave Zelinsky and NCO SysAdmin Brian Maher fixed this problem.
5. RSO (Rapid Scan Operations) satellite imagery is still not available.
TSB Developer Monica Bozeman will create a McIDAS alias that points to the
NESDIS location in order to ingest the imagery.
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