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10.0 Collaboration and Partnership

Add Sounding Towers in KMMV (Central W. Valley)

Add Sounding (Temperature/Wind..etc) Towers to NW Oregon and Washington to help better predict snow and wind events for the valleys. I've already talked to Tyree Wilde of NWS of Portland, he agree's. www.mcminnvilleweather.com Today, I will be explaining some of my intentions on developing a weather tower on the existing High Heaven Tower that sits 6 miles west of McMinnville at 1,742 ft in elevation. The purpose of ...more »

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4.0 Weather Decision Services

Relabel Extreme Rainfall Events so the Public Understands Their Severity

Do not label extreme rain events by recurrence interval (e.g. 100-year storm), implying they are rare. Use a scale that indicates the severity of the storm, just like you do for tornadoes, earthquakes and hurricanes. None of those are called the 100-year tornado, etc. Below is a white paper I wrote on an alternative to this method. I have presented this nationally at ASFPM and at a regional NWS conference. Here is ...more »

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1.1 Overall Strengths

Listen to forecasters who are on the front lines!!!

I would like the upper management to listen to what the forecasters on the front line have to say both positive and negative in regards to some of the grid products we disseminate. I have worked in the private sector for several book publishers. The publishers that were successful listened to the comments that the sales reps had to give them and react to the changes that were occurring with business. The publishers that ...more »

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12.0 NWS Evolution & Innovation: Past to Future

Leverage information technologies

Find a way to leverage social media to help trained storm spotters receive spotter activation and to share weather conditions back to the NWS. Even a simple email when spotter activation is required would get to some faster with mobile web devices. Using services such as twitter or a # to text to would speed up reporting weather conditions and be there faster than an email. Calling-in is fine but other methods of communication ...more »

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4.0 Weather Decision Services

Identifing the location of sever weather

I am an over the road truck driver and weather plays an important role in my line of work.My suggestion is you drop the policy of identifying sever weather conditions by county or add identifiers such as towns, roads or mile markers. I generally know where I am but rarely do I know what county I am driving in nor am I aware of the counties surrounding me. The bottom line is I could be driving into the path of a tornado ...more »

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1.2 Overall Weaknesses

Better coordination with NWS warnings and outdoor warning sirens

I believe somehow the National Weather Service needs to work together with local communities in activating outdoor sirens. For example, when there is no warning issued by the NWS…. some communities still activate their sirens. Or, when there is a warning issued by NWS you have communities in the path of the storm of which they don’t activate their sirens. This kind of system confuses a lot of the public.

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10.0 Collaboration and Partnership

State DOT Winter Collaboration

For Winter Weather, I would like to see more of a collaboration with the DOTs, at least in mountainous states. They take your forecasts into play when making decisions on their road-clearing, but they need some sort of program in place for an open discussion of road travel conditions. I know that there are projects out there under USDOT supervision, but frankly their intentions lean towards their own crews operational ...more »

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1.4 Overall Quality

Web page

This web page looks great! I suggest that the same web designer who designed this Strategic plan 2020 webpage, design the NWS homepage. The NWS home page needs to be updated. The NWS homepage does not cover the entire page, and the fonts are very small. It is not user-friendly. As the climate changes, and the weather grows more intense, more and more people are going to be opening our url, so we should make it attractive ...more »

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9.0 People and Infrastructure

Radar maintenance and upgrades

I suggest you out more funding into radar maintenance. I work for the news media and live near the KVWX doppler radar; maybe it's a problem just confined to this radar, but it seems that it goes down at least twice a week, and the times it goes down are during weather events. Either more money needs to be put into maintenance of the 88D's or future radars should be fast-tracked.

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4.0 Weather Decision Services

Make it Illegal for employers to ban personal Weather Alert devices.

Make it illegal for employers to ban Weather Alert Devices on the job. I'm a certified NWS Storm Spotter and also a City Bus Driver. Recently my employer enacted a ban against cell phone use while driving that included ALL types of electronic devices. This meant after 19-years I'm no longer able to carry a Weather Alert device with me while driving. I feel this puts both me and my passengers at risk during severe ...more »

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4.0 Weather Decision Services

Make more of an effort to use GIS

Our customers and partners are demanding better maps and the data that goes along with them. The NWS needs to catch up with other agencies in regards to mapping abilities, especially since the NWS wants to expand social science in meteorology. Meteorology is inherently spatial! We need to have more training, hire GIS specialists, and help foster creative geospatial ideas.

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1.1 Overall Strengths

"Local Tsunami Statement" User PIL

It should not take an act of God to implement good ideas in a reasonable length of time. Example: Why do coastal WFOs have to use a Special Weather Statement when issuing a local tsunami statement? We have a "Local Hurricane Statement" for hurricanes. It should not be that difficult to add a "Local Tsunami Statement" PIL to highlight conditions when a tsunami advisory, watch or warning is occurring. Lets use some common ...more »

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2.0 NWS Mission

Never Take Our Credibility for Granted!

Above all, I believe we (the NWS) must maintain the credibility we have painstakingly earned over the last century. How do we do this? Listen to the public. Figure out how we can better serve our partners. Pay attention to details, even with the basics. Make sure the quality of our data lives up to the standard it always has. Don't get so wrapped up in our own technology that we don't look out the window to see ...more »

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2.0 NWS Mission

NWS on T.V.

I would love to see a NWS television channel. One that will focus on severe weather threats and not be biased based on poulation. The "weather channel" is absolutely usesless for getting weather information. They play movies and entertainment shows that even encourage dangerous ways to act during severe weather. The weather channel has let many down with their new "look" and ego. I would love to have a usefull television ...more »

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