19991002:X products & NCEP plans


     
     
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     FOS/NOAAPORT NOTICE NO. 1542     SEPTEMBER 30... 1999
     ATTENTION    NOAAPORT USERS
     
     FYI          FOS SUBSCRIBERS
     
     ATTENTION USERS OF THE NWS AWIPS/NOAAPORT DATA STREAM
     
     THIS MORNING NWS WILL BEGIN TESTING BACKUP PRODUCTION
     OF THE MODEL PRODUCTS.  THESE PRODUCTS WILL  BE TRANSMITTED
     ON THE AWIPS/NOAAPORT NWSTG CHANNEL.  THE WMO HEADINGS
     OF ALL THESE PRODUCTS WILL BEGIN WITH AN X . THE REST OF THE
     WMO HEADING OF THESE PRODUCTS WILL BE UNCHANGED.
     
     PLEASE DISREGARD THESE PRODUCTS.  AGAIN DISREGARD ALL MODEL
     PRODUCTS ON THE AWIPS/NOAAPORT NWSTG CHANNEL BEGINNING
     WITH AN X .
     
     THIS TESTING WILL LAST APPROXIMATELY 24 HOURS.
     INFORMATION WILL BE AVAILABLE LATER.
     
     IF YOU HAVE ANY QUESTIONS REGARDING THIS TEST PLEASE
     CONTACT THE NWS TELECOMMUNICATIONS GATEWAY
     COMMUNICATIONS CONTROL CENTER AT 301-713-0902 OR DATA
     MANAGEMENT AT THE NUMBERS INCLUDED BELOW.
     
     FRED BRANSKI
     SENIOR DATA MANAGER
     
        PHONE   301-713-0864 EXTENSION 146
        EMAIL   FRED.BRANSKI/AT SYMBOL/NOAA.GOV
        EMAIL ADDRESS SHOULD BE ALL LOWER CASE
     
     WALTER SMITH
     DATA MANAGER
     
        PHONE   301-713-0864 EXTENSION 139
        EMAIL   WALTER.SMITH/AT SYMBOL/NOAA.GOV
        EMAIL ADDRESS SHOULD BE ALL LOWER CASE
     
     RICHARD ROBINSON
     DATA MANAGER
     
        PHONE   301-713-0864 EXTENSION 179
        EMAIL   RICHARD.ROBINSON/AT SYMBOL/NOAA.GOV
        EMAIL ADDRESS SHOULD BE ALL LOWER CASE
     
     LLOYD IRVIN  CHIEF
     GRAPHICS AND DISPLAY SECTION
     SYSTEMS OPERATIONS CENTER
     RTH WASHINGTON SENDS
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     FOS/NOAAPORT NOTICE NO. 1543   SEPTEMBER 30... 1999
     
     PART 1 OF A 2 PART MESSAGE
     
     ATTENTION    FAMILY OF SERVICES SUBSCRIBERS
                  NOAAPORT USERS
     
     NOTE         THIS MESSAGE WAS SENT AS A SPECIAL NCEP
                  DISCUSSION CENTRAL OPERATIONS/NCEP/NWS/
                  WASHINGTON DC
     
     ALL FIELD PERSONNEL...BELOW IS THE LATEST INFORMATION
     AVAILABLE ON THE OUTAGE OF THE CRAY C-90 SUPERCOMPUTER
     AT SUITLAND... MD.  THIS INFORMATION WAS SENT TO YOUR
     REGIONAL DIRECTORS LAST EVENING... AND THEY WERE BRIEFED
     THIS MORNING.  THE EXACT SCHEDULE FOR THE BACKUP...
     MODEL SUITE IS STILL BEING EVALUATED BY NCEP AND OSO.
     AS OF 00Z THE...MODEL SUITE ACCOMPANYING THIS MESSAGE WILL
     GO INTO EFFECT.  ADDITIONAL... OPTIONS REGARDING MODEL RUNS
     AND BACKUP POSSIBILITIES FROM OTHER... ORGANIZATIONS CONTINUE
     TO BE INVESTIGATED.  I WILL KEEP YOU POSTED AS
     THE MODEL SUITE IS MODIFIED.  WE ALSO PLAN TO POST UPDATED
     INFORMATION ON THE INTERNET BOTH ON THE NCEP AND OSO HOME
     PAGES.  THE NCEP HOME PAGE ADDRESS IS
     
     HTTP //WWW.NCEP.NOAA.GOV/
     
     THE OSO HOME PAGE IS
     
     HTTP //WWW.NWS.NOAA.GOV/OSO/NOTICES/NOTICES.SHTML
     
     INTERNET ADDRESSES ALL LOWER CASE.
     
     WE APPRECIATE YOUR PATIENCE DURING THIS CRITICAL
     PERIOD.
     
     LOUIS W. UCCELLINI/DIRECTOR/NCEP
     
     
                           FACT SHEET ON
                    NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICES
          CRAY C90 SUPERCOMPUTER FIRE AT SUITLAND CAMPUS
     
     ON MONDAY 9/27/99 AT 4 00 P.M. A FIRE OCCURRED INSIDE THE
     CRAY C90 SUPERCOMPUTER IN FEDERAL OFFICE BUILDING 4 IN
     SUITLAND...MD.  THE CRAY C90 IS THE CENTRAL NOAA NATIONAL
     WEATHER SERVICE /NWS/ COMPUTER THAT GENERATES NUMERICAL
     WEATHER FORECAST MODELS FOR THE NATIONAL CENTERS FOR
     ENVIRONMENTAL PREDICTION /NCEP/ IN CAMP SPRINGS MD.
     
     THE PRINCE GEORGES COUNTY FIRE DEPARTMENT RESPONDED
     AND EXTINGUISHED THE FIRE BY USING DRY CHEMICALS. TWO
     OF THE POWER SUPPLY UNITS INSIDE OF THE CRAY C90 WERE
     DAMAGED.  THE DRY CHEMICALS USED BY THE FIRE DEPARTMENT
     CONTAMINATED OTHER COMPONENTS IN THE COMPUTER AS
     WELL.
     
     AFTER AN ASSESSMENT OF THE CRAY C90 COMPUTER...SILICON
     GRAPHICS INCORPORATED...THE COMPUTER CONTRACTOR...HAS
     DETERMINED THAT THE COMPUTER HAS BEEN SIGNIFICANTLY
     DAMAGED.   SILICON GRAPHICS DOES NOT BELIEVE THE COMPUTER
     CAN BE REPAIRED.  THE CRAY C90 IS INOPERATIVE.
     
     
     NCEP CONTINUES TO INVESTIGATE OPTIONS FOR RESTORING
     CRAY C90  SERVICE.  IN COLLABORATION WITH NOAA S HIGH
     PERFORMANCE COMPUTING CENTER /HPCC/... NCEP IS GETTING
     A SECOND OPINION THROUGH AN EXPERT AT NIST ON THE
     EXTENT OF DAMAGE CAUSED BY THE FIRE.
     
     ALL CRITICAL OPERATIONS AT NCEP CONTINUE TO BE SUPPORTED.
     THE NWS FORECASTERS CONTINUE TO PERFORM THEIR
     DUTIES UTILIZING NUMERICAL MODELS RUN ON OTHER NWS
     COMPUTERS AND ACCESSED FROM OTHER NATIONAL CENTERS.
     NCEP HAS IMPLEMENTED PRE-ARRANGED BACKUP SUPPORT
     PROCEDURES USING AIR FORCE... NAVY... AND FSL FORECAST
     PRODUCTS.
     
     SOME MODELS WHICH USUALLY RUN FOUR TIMES DAILY ARE
     NOW RUNNING TWICE DAILY AND ONE MODEL THAT IS USUALLY
     RUN HOURLY IS BEING RUN EVERY THREE HOURS... WITH HOURLY
     RUNS TO BE RESUMED BY FRIDAY OCTOBER 1ST.  WE ARE ABLE TO
     MAKE DO WITH THESE RUNS IN ADDITION TO USING THE
     OTHER MODEL INFORMATION AVAILABLE FROM OTHER NATIONAL
     CENTERS.
     
     THE NWS HAS TAKEN ALL STEPS NECESSARY TO MINIMIZE POTENTIAL
     IMPACTS TO NWS FORECASTERS AND THOSE OUTSIDE OF THE NWS WHO
     RELY ON OUR PRODUCTS.
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     JULIEC NWS3
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     FOS/NOAAPORT NOTICE NO. 1543   SEPTEMBER 30... 1999
     
     PART 2 OF A 2 PART MESSAGE
     
     ATTENTION    FAMILY OF SERVICES SUBSCRIBERS
                  NOAAPORT USERS
     
     NOTE         THIS MESSAGE WAS SENT AS A SPECIAL NCEP
                  DISCUSSION CENTRAL OPERATIONS/NCEP/NWS/
                  WASHINGTON DC
     
     NCEP NCEP MODEL SUITE BACKUP SUMMARY - 9/30/99
     
     MODEL    NORMAL              BACK UP        REMARKS
              OPERATIONS
     
     RUC      HOURLY              3 HOURLY       FSL HOURLY 10/1/99
     
     
     ETA      32 KM 4 PER DAY     80 KM 2 PER    NO ETA DATA
                                  DAY... 00Z     ASSIMILATION
                                  12Z 36KM MM5   AIR FORCE CONUS
                                  2 PER DAY...   /EVALUATING
     
     NGM/MOS  80 KM 2 PER DAY     NO CHANGE      NO REGIONAL DATA
                                                 ASSIMILATION
                                                 SYSTEM
     
     AVN      4 PER DAY           2 PER DAY
     
     GLOBAL   4 PER DAY           2 PER DAY
     ANALYSIS
     /FNL/
     
     MRF      16 DAY FORECAST     7 DAY FORECAST
     GLOBAL   1 PER DAY           1 PER DAY
     
     MRF      17-MEMBER           TOTAL NAVY     ECMWF RESTRICTED
     ENSEMBLE 1 PER DAY           CANADIAN       TO NCEP USE ONLY
                                  ECMWF
                                  ENSEMBLE
                                  PACKAGES
     
     HURRICANE 5 STORMS           1 STORM PER    NWS PRODUCT
               PER 12-HOUR        12-HOUR        DOUBLE-NESTED
     
                                  2 STORMS PER   NAVY PRODUCT
                                  12-HOUR        TRIPLE-NESTED
     
     WAVE      2 PER DAY          NO CHANGE
     MODEL
     
     VAFTAD    RUN ON             NO CHANGE
               DEMAND
     
     CLIMATE   18-MEMBER          EMSO           NO CLIMATE DATA
     MODEL     ENSEMBLE           EXPERIMENTAL   ASSIMILATION
               TWICE PER          MODEL          SYSTEM
               MONTH              ONCE PER
                                  MONTH
     
     REGIONAL  48-HOURS           NO CHANGE
     SPECTRAL  2 PER DAY
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