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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

Live radar feed

How about having live NWS radar feed available to the public, instead of waiting for radar to refresh every 5-10 minutes.

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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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1.2 Overall Weaknesses

Interactive Radar/Hazards Map on Homepage

I would like to see an interactive hazards map with zoom in/zoom out features. A user can click on the county and an information box would pop up giving the storm details and locations impacted. There could even be features a user can control such as overlaying cloud cover and radar imagery.

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9.0 People and Infrastructure

Observing equipment upgrades

what needs to be improved is the observation sensors for better real time observations and a better idea about what is happening at that particular location at that time.

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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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1.2 Overall Weaknesses

Watches/Warnings on Facebook/Twitter

I would like to see some kind of integration of NWS watches and warnings into social media sites like Twitter and Facebook. This could be a local office fanpage.......or some other app.

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Carry on!

Continue doing a creditable job. I would like to see some of the forecast discussions a little more accessible to average reader and I like the meterology online course; one of these days I'll take it!

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9.0 People and Infrastructure

Volunteer Observers

Continue to utilize the many VOLUNTEER observers who give much needed realtime information

to the NWS. Thank you.

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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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Lighting Stroke Data - As RealTime as Possible

Get real time lightning data on the NWS home page. Lightning kills right behind flooding. This data should be availalbe to the public for free as best as possilbe.

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