National Weather Service Forecasting System
By Eddy Metcalf
January 23, 2012 - The next generation of the National
Weather Services' (NWS) Advanced Weather Interactive
Processing System (AWIPS), which was developed, tested
and fielded by Raytheon Company, is now operational at
the NWS Omaha Weather Forecast Office. As the first of
135 forecast sites to upgrade to the new system, this
successful implementation initiates the nationwide
roll-out of AWIPS II.
AWIPS II, which is represented in Raytheon's
participation at the American Meteorological Society
annual meeting opening today, plays a critical role in
the ability of NWS forecasters to make more precise
weather, water and climate predictions, and to dispense
rapid, highly reliable warnings and advisories that save
lives and safeguard property.
"We expect that the AWIPS II software architecture will allow the National Weather Service to reduce information technology sustainment costs and allow greater interoperability and collaboration with neighboring forecast offices, emergency managers and inter-agency partners before, during and after disasters strike," said Don Berchoff, director of the NWS Office of Science and Technology.
also plans to leverage the software architecture to develop more
robust data manipulation, mining and fusion capabilities vital
to increasing advanced notice of high-impact weather events such
tornadoes, flooding and winter storms."
still retaining a system look and feel that makes the AWIPS
evolution nearly transparent to the forecaster, AWIPS II's agile
architecture includes several new enhancements:
- Non-proprietary software that can lead to significant savings on license fees and the administrative costs;
- Consistent user interfaces across all applications that enable ease of data manipulation by the forecaster;
- Situational awareness and decision-making visualization;
- Panning and zooming capability that is user configurable; and
Scalability from laptops to servers.
service-oriented architecture will allow the National Weather
Service to be more responsive to requirements for future weather
products and services," said Ron Stefano, vice president of
Mission Operations Solutions for Raytheon's Intelligence and
Information Systems business.
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