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Unisys Weather at Millersville University Public Weather Awareness Day, April 12

Millersville University, just outside of Lancaster, PA is hosting their annual Public Weather Awareness Day sponsored by the Millersville Chapter of the American Meteorological Society. This is a free, family event with lots of activities, demonstrations, giveaways, and a chance to speak with meteorologists working in the private sector, Government, academia, and media.


Unisys Weather is a participating vendor where we will showcase our weather products and services including our weather radar mosaic products, a demonstration of our WXP visualization software, and information on Unisys and our offices in Malvern and Blue Bell, PA.


The event will be held on Saturday, April 12 from 11:00am to 3:00pm in Pucillo Gymnasium.


Information on the MU Public Weather Awareness Day can be found at: http://www.muweatherday.com/

NWS Announces NOAAPort SBN Expansion to 60 Mbps

The National Weather Service (NWS) announced today the dates for expanding the current 30 Mbps NOAAPort service to 60+ Mbps by October 1, 2014. There will be a period of dual illumination from August 17, 2014 to September 30, 2014. The text of this announcement can be viewed on WMO header NOUS72 KNCF 261406.


Unisys is working to update our NOAAPort Ingest and NOAAPort Gateway systems to allow users to receive data on the new NPP channel (for Soumi-NPP satellite granules and profiles) and update the Unisys NOAAPort and NOAAPort Gateway systems to the new broadcast.


Unisys NOAAPort customers with current maintenance contracts will be notified and receive the updated software to aquire the NPP channel.


We are currently testing the platform to handle the 60+ Mbps broadcast including different receivers and server configurations. Unisys Weather will post the details of this updated platform when ready for deployment.


Transponder and frequency updates from the NWS will be posted at the NWS NOAAPort site.


Current Unisys customers can direct questions to: technical-support@weather.unisys.com

Join Unisys Weather and Commercial Solutions at the 94th Annual AMS Meetings, 2-6 Feb 2014, Atlanta, GA

94th Annual AMS, 2-6 Feb 2014, Atlanta, GA






Unisys Weather and Unisys Technology, Consulting and Integration Solutions (TCIS) will be in attendance at the 94th Annual American Meteorological Society (AMS) Meetings, February 2-6, 2014 at the Georgia World Congress Center in Atlanta, Georgia. The annual conference is the largest gathering of meteorologists, weather information technology managers, decision makers and media representatives from the Government, academia, and private industry in the weather and climate domain.


Unisys supports the weather enterprise through innovative technology and information services solutions. We provide weather information and engineering services to the Government, commercial airlines, energy companies, value added resellers, and academia through our state-of-the-art weather data center. Unisys Weather builds and maintains the Unisys NOAAPort Gateway system, allowing users to access, manage and display weather data from the NOAAPort Satellite Broadcast Network (SBN) and the Unisys satellite channel. We provide customized weather solutions, tailored to your business and mission needs, including the WXP data manager and display software.


We recognize the challenges faced by many organizations in the weather enterprise. Rapid increases in the amount of weather data – higher resolution models, additional radar products and scans, more satellite data, and an explosion of weather observations with new devices and social media – require more processing, faster storage, increased security and more data center resources. Unisys Commercial solutions can help. Recognized as a Gartner Magic Quadrant leader in application modernization and data center optimization, Unisys provides innovative solutions through data center consolidation, private/hybrid/public cloud migration, secure mobile applications and virtualization.


Come visit Unisys at the 94th Annual AMS at our Exhibit booth #123, where you can learn about securing your data and applications through Stealth, consolidating your data center and servers through Unisys Forward! secure fabric-based infrastructure, and learn about new Unisys Weather data and products such as our resilient NOAAPort Gateway ingest and distribution services.


For more information or to schedule a one-on-one meeting and services demonstration, please contact Brian Hughes, Unisys Weather Program Manager at 703-234-9875 or brian.hughes@unisys.com


Unisys Weather Hosts Girl Scouts in FIRST LEGO League Challenge

Mark Logan showing radar

Unisys' Mark Logan is demonstrating the use of Doppler radar in the detection of tornadoes.

On Sunday, November 17, 2013, Unisys Weather in Malvern, PA hosted a group of Girl Scouts competing in the FIRST LEGO League 2013 Nature’s Fury Challenge. The scouts were interested in how Doppler weather radar is used to detect and track tornadoes, and how this information is sent to the public. Unisys senior product engineer Mark Logan and weather program manager Brian Hughes displayed radar images generated by Unisys showing the powerful tornadoes that struck Moore and El Reno, OK in early 2013. In addition, the scouts were able to see “live” imagery of a tornado outbreak over Illinois and Kentucky.

NOAAPort SBN Product Outage – 11/4/13

UPDATE 11/4/13, 18:30 UTC: Due to this morning’s NOAAPort product outage, some of the 12Z model runs on Unisys Weather are showing blank images. We are currently going through the images and manually running the programs in order to correct the “blank” plots. Note: Customers subscribed to Unisys Weather Services are not affected by the NOAAPort product outage, as our OpsNet direct connection with the NWS Telecommunications Gateway was not affected.


UPDATE 11/4/13, 16:45 UTC: The NWS has switched the NOAAPort SBN uplink ( http://weather.noaa.gov/tgstatus/ ). Products have re-started on the NOAAPort service as of 16:30 UTC.


Unisys Weather Operations has detected an outage of the products on the NWS NOAAPort broadcast starting at 11:00am EST (16:00 UTC) on Monday, November 4, 2013. Unisys has been in contact with the NWS Network Control Facility (NCF) and is awaiting an update. This outage does not affect customers using the Unisys NOAAPort 5th channel.