20040402: VTEC

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PUBLIC INFORMATION STATEMENT
NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE HEADQUARTERS WASHINGTON DC
130 PM EST FRI APR 2 2004

TO:       FAMILY OF SERVICES /FOS/ SUBSCRIBERS...NOAA WEATHER
         WIRE SERVICE /NWWS/ SUBSCRIBERS...EMERGENCY MANAGERS
         WEATHER INFORMATION NETWORK /EMWIN/ SUBSCRIBERS...
         NOAAPORT SUBSCRIBERS...OTHER NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE
         /NWS/ CUSTOMERS AND PARTNERS...AND NWS EMPLOYEES

FROM:     ROBERT MCLEOD
         CHIEF...AWARENESS BRANCH
         NWS OFFICE OF CLIMATE...WATER AND WEATHER SERVICES

SUBJECT:  VALID TIME EVENT CODE /VTEC/ UPDATE 4/02/04

THIS MESSAGE IS PART OF A SERIES OF UPDATE MESSAGES TO INFORM NWS
PARTNERS AND CUSTOMERS OF NEW INFORMATION REGARDING THE VALID
TIME EVENT CODE /VTEC/ PLANNING...TESTING AND IMPLEMENTATION.
VTEC INFORMATION IS POSTED ON THE NWS WEB SITE AT /USE LOWER
CASE/:

              http://www.nws.noaa.gov/om/vtec/

THE VTEC WEB SITE HAS BEEN REVISED AND UPDATED TO NOW INCLUDE THE
APRIL 1 2004 DRAFT OF THE NWS INSTRUCTION /NWSI/ 10-1703
DESCRIBING VTEC AND AN OVERVIEW OF THE CHANGES WHICH WERE MADE
FROM THE PREVIOUS DRAFT...WHICH WAS RELEASED ON JANUARY 30 2004.

CHANGES MADE IN THE APRIL 1 2004 DRAFT ARE BASED LARGELY ON
COMMENTS RECEIVED FROM INTERNAL NWS HEADQUARTERS AND REGIONAL
OFFICES AND FROM EXTERNAL CUSTOMERS AND PARTNERS.

VTEC IS STILL SCHEDULED FOR A DECEMBER 1 2004 IMPLEMENTATION IN
NWS PRODUCTS PRODUCED AT WEATHER FORECAST OFFICES.  A VTEC
OPERATIONAL TEST AND EVALUATION /OTE/ IS SCHEDULED DURING JULY
AND AUGUST 2004...WITH OPPORTUNITY FOR NWS PARTNER AND CUSTOMER
PARTICIPATION.

FUTURE UPDATES TO THE VTEC WEB SITE WILL INCLUDE THE VTEC OTE
PLAN...TEXT VERSIONS OF SAMPLE PRODUCT ISSUANCES WITH VTEC
STRINGS...AND INTERPRETATIONS OF THE VTEC STRINGS.

BACKGROUND:
VTEC WILL ENABLE WEATHER PROVIDERS AND VENDORS TO AUTOMATE AND
TAILOR THE PRODUCT STREAM DELIVERED TO THEIR CLIENTS AND ALLOWS
CUSTOMERS TO SELECT THE SPECIFIC MESSAGE TYPES THEY WANT TO
RECEIVE.  VTEC WILL HELP IMPROVE AUTOMATED DISSEMINATION OF
WEATHER INFORMATION TO THE PUBLIC THROUGH A MYRIAD OF
METHODS...SUCH AS PAGING SYSTEMS AND TELEVISION MESSAGE CRAWL
SYSTEMS...USED TO RELAY URGENT SEVERE WEATHER AND FLASH FLOOD
INFORMATION.  MOST EVENT-DRIVEN PRODUCTS THAT INCLUDE THE
UNIVERSAL GEOGRAPHIC CODE /UGC/ WILL INCLUDE THE VTEC.

IMPLEMENTATION OF VTEC WAS ORIGINALLY SCHEDULED FOR DECEMBER 2003.
IN AUGUST 2003...AFTER CONSULTATION WITH THE NWS PARTNERS WORKING
WITH US ON VTEC IMPLEMENTATION ISSUES...A CONSENSUS WAS REACHED
THAT TOO MUCH RISK EXISTED WITH A DECEMBER 2003 IMPLEMENTATION...
SO VTEC IMPLEMENTATION WAS DELAYED UNTIL DECEMBER 2004.

ANY COMMENTS ON VTEC AND THE UPCOMING VTEC IMPLEMENTATION MAY BE
SENT VIA E-MAIL TO /USE LOWER CASE/:

                   nws.vtec@xxxxxxxx

THIS AND OTHER NOTIFICATION MESSAGES ARE AVAILABLE ONLINE AT /USE
LOWER CASE/:

       http://www.nws.noaa.gov/om/notif.htm

THIS PARTICULAR MESSAGE IS LISTED AT THE TOP OF THE PAGE...ABOVE
THE SERVICE CHANGE NOTICE AND TECHNICAL IMPLEMENTATION NOTICE
BOX.

THIS AND OTHER VTEC UPDATE NOTICES ARE ALSO POSTED ON THE VTEC
WEB PAGE SHOWN AT THE TOP OF THIS MESSAGE.

THANK YOU FOR YOUR INTEREST IN OUR SERVICES AND PLANNING EFFORTS.

THE NEXT VTEC UPDATE MESSAGE IS PLANNED FOR EARLY JUNE 2004.

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