[Ncep.nhc.nco_contacts] TSB Morning Rounds - Tue Nov 22, 2016

Craig Mattocks - NOAA Federal craig.mattocks at noaa.gov
Tue Nov 22 17:07:31 UTC 2016


An update from TSB Developer Matt Sardi on the Pacific Danger graphic (TAFB item #2):

There are actually 2 separate issues here:

1. Otto label: the label on the Pacific and Atlantic Danger VGFs are independent of each other. Due to domain differences, the analysts need to position the Otto label to the west (i.e., west of Central America) to make sure it appears in the East Pac Danger graphic (i.e., the Atlantic Otto label is off the Pacific chart, so the simple solution is to shift it west in the Pacific VGF).

2. The Pacific Danger graphic shows 'There is No Tropical Cyclone Activity in the East Basin'... While technically correct, since the script looks for active TCMs (forecast advisories) to determine whether to plot this label, it is misleading for basin-crossers since there will be winds/seas 'danger' ahead of the system before it crosses basins. As a work-around, I am going to add a menu option for 'basin crossers' that makes both basins 'active' so the 'No Danger' label doesn't show up.

Craig

> On Nov 22, 2016, at 9:20 AM, TSB Admin <nhc.tsbadmin at noaa.gov> wrote:
> 
> Here is today's summary of NHC computer operations: 
> --- Craig Mattocks
> 
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> 
> TAFB:
> 1. The early Wind Speed Probabilities for TS Otto did not arrive in AWIPS. TSB Chief Mark DeMaria verified that the early WSP ran successfully on WCOSS, with output in the /com/nhc/para directory. TSB is investigating why the script that transfers the data failed.
> 
> 2. TS Otto's name could not be moved on the Pacific Danger Graphic. There is an area between 80W and 100W that appears on both graphics. TSB Developer Matt Sardi is investigating to find a solution.
> 
> 3. NCO Windows SysAdmin Kim Gordon was able to clear a large PowerPoint document from the print queue on the TAFB HP color laser printer. This old printer has a very small amount of RAM memory (128 MB). Rather than spending money to add more RAM, NHC may want to consider purchasing a new color printer to replace it.
> 
> 4. Update on TAFB forecasters' back up of CPHC yesterday, when connections for all Alaska and Pacific Region forecast offices went down on the AWIPS WAN (wide area network) during network maintenance. Communications were restored at 17:33 UTC (12:33 pm EST) and Honolulu assumed responsibility a few minutes later.
> 
> HSU:
> 1. The NRL Tropical Cyclone web page became inaccessible after about 02 UTC (9 pm EST), at about the same time a 30-minute failure occurred in the NAVO (Naval Oceanographic Office) network circuit. Around the same time, the FNMOC TC web page that had been down for several days was updated with new satellite imagery.
> 
> 2. Senior Hurricane Specialist Mike Brennan received a call from the TOC (Telecommunication Operations Center) in Silver Spring, MD at 5:35 am EST, saying they detected an alert that the TCMAT1 (Atlantic forecast advisory) "was sent but not received within 30 minutes". Mike told them that the TCM made it to NHC's AWIPS system and website without any problems. The TOC wasn't sure why they received this false alarm on their end.
> 
> Other items:
> 1. The network outage yesterday, when both of NHC's Century Link internet circuits went down, was caused by an upgrade to one of the lines. The network was supposed to automatically fail-over to the secondary line but that did not work properly. Once the circuits were rerouted through Orlando, communications were restored. This issue has been resolved so this should not happen the next time a circuit is upgraded. The outage was not related to the new Hurricane Hotline test.
> 
> 2. NCO is tentatively planning a WCOSS production switch from the Orlando, FL (Gyre + Surge) supercomputers to the Reston, VA (Tide + Luna) supercomputers on December 1st.
> 
> NHC RFCs:
> 1. Output from the upgraded ECMWF model has started flowing to NCEP today beginning with the 06 UTC cycle. For details on the upgrade, see:
> 
> https://software.ecmwf.int/wiki/display/FCST/Implementation+of+IFS+Cycle+43r1
> 
> The IFS Cycle 43r1 upgrade includes changes in data assimilation (both in the EDA and the 4DVAR), new cloud and freezing diagnostics, a new direct-beam solar radiation diagnostic and new significant wave height parameters at different period ranges to help with the detection of low-frequency ocean wave energy. There is also a major upgrade to the dynamical ocean model (NEMO) - the resolution has increased to 0.25 degrees and 75 layers, plus an interactive sea-ice model (LIM2) has been implemented.
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