[Ncep.nhc.nco_contacts] TSB Morning Rounds - Mon Aug 07, 2017

TSB Admin nhc.tsbadmin at noaa.gov
Mon Aug 7 01:26:07 UTC 2017

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


1. N-AWIPS issues: Problem (error) executing SWELL_GlobalWave [formatter?]  
on the Pacific side on Saturday. TSB AWIPS II Sysadmin Chris Mello will  

2. GFE/NCP issues: Issues remain on LX3 for user account hcobb and logging  
into GFE. Called NCF, ticket number 146417 opened. Chris Mello will follow  
up on this issue.
1. Other Techincal issues: Significant differences exist between GFS-TABM  
and ECMWF-TABM forecast tracks; TABM-EC is closer to the ECMWF  
deterministic positions than TABM-GFS is to the GFS sfc positions. Why?

Explanation from Mark DeMaria (paraphrased): The ECMWF SHIPS and related  
models (TAB, LGEM, RII) still use the 2016 configuration. For the TAB  
model, the averaging radius for computing the steering flow is 450 km. The  
GFS TAB uses a smaller radius (350 km) in the 2017 configuration. This  
results in slightly lower track forecast errors, but it retains too much  
curvature from the GFS vortex, which sometimes introduces significant  
trochoidal wobbles in the TAB track. If the TAB model starts off a litttle  
slow for a westward moving TC, that introduces a northward bias due to GFS  
representation of the TC that was not removed properly. The EC TAB uses the  
ECMWF fields, while the GFS TAB uses the GFS fields. If the represenation  
of the TC or the steering is different in the two models, TAB wll also be  
different. Matt Onderlinde and I working on changing the radius of the GFS  
TAB back to 450 km to reduce the vortex influence. We hope to have code to  
submit to NCO for operational deployment by the end of this week.

2. ATCF issues: No EC-SHIPS product for Atlantic invest storm al992017 at  
18Z Sat Aug 05 2017. TSB will consult with Mark DeMaria to diagnose the  

3. Early Wind Speed Probability (WSP) failiure. The 00Z 20170805  
nhc_windprob_early_00 job for the west Pacific storm wp072017 failed on  
WCOSS because the e-deck (track forecast uncertainty) file  
/nhc/save/guidance/storm-data/zfst/ewp072017.dat was huge in size  
(approximately 23 MB, compared to the normal size of 5-10 kB), due to  
either an error in JTWC's ATCF processing or the addition of new models to  
the file. NRL's Buck Sampson was contacted.

The WSP can still run without an e-deck. The code reverts back to  
basin-wide track error statistics, usually resulting in only a small change  
in the answer. NCO System Programmer Analyst (SPA) Simon Hsiao trimmed the  
e-deck and the job ran successfully to completion.
Other items:
1. From the SDM's log: The 12Z nhc_guidance job failure on Monday 31 July  
2017 was due to 0-byte input data. NHC's Monica Bozeman investigated and  
found the home directory on their server where the data is processed was  
full, so they were unable to copy the data over. The disk space on the  
server in question is not monitored by NCO. IWSB Sysadmin Doug Gaer is  
compiling a list of all volumes that will be added to the NCO Big Brother  
monitoring/alert system.
1. RFC 249 - 'get_rtgsst.bash' v1.0.2 – NHC does not need to send the daily  
Real Time Global (RTG) SST files to WCOSS anymore since the NHC guidance  
suite no longer uses them. This send will be turned off. To be implemented  
on Monday, August 7 at 1200Z (8 am EDT).

2. HMON implementation delayed. The new Hurricanes in a Multi-scale  
Ocean-coupled Non-hydrostatic (HMON) model v1.0.0 will become operational  
on Tuesday, August 15, 2017 at 1200Z (8 am EDT):

3. The 30-day evaluation for the Probabilistic and Deterministic  
Extra-Tropical Storm Surge models (PETTS/ETSS) was restarted on Friday,  
August 4 because tides were not being calculated at some secondary tidal  
locations. During the previous evaluation, an infinite loop was discovered  
and corrected in the tidal post-processing code and the precision was  
increased to 64 bits. Feedback should be sent to Steven Earle prior to  
Tuesday, September 5.

The Service Change Notice (SCN) for the ETSS and PETSS may be viewed at:

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