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Global GFS Issue

Due to NOAA’s recent upgrade of the global GFS model made on July 19 (http://www.nws.noaa.gov/os/notification/scn17-67gfsupgradeaab.htm), the Unisys EU, EA, SA, and AUS plots have not been updating. Unisys is investigating and will have these plots updated starting Monday, July 24.

Missing NAM Forecast Plots

Unisys Weather is aware of missing or broken plots on the NAM Winter Forecasts and Miscellaneous Forecasts plots. This is due to a recent change by NOAA/NWS which resulted in the removal of some legacy NAM grids from their distribution (see TIN at: http://www.nws.noaa.gov/os/notification/tin16-41nam_updatesaac.htm )

Unisys Weather is working to restore these plots using alternate grids. We appreciate your patience!

GOES-16 Products for Unisys NOAAPort Users

GOES-16 (GOES-R) Advanced Baseline Imager (ABI) sectorized cloud and moisture imagery (SCMI) will be available via NOAAPort starting at around 18:00 UTC on Thursday, March 2. The products, in netCDF 4 format, should be accessible via the GRE channel (PID 108) with the most recent Unisys NOAAPort version 9.4 or 9.5. Users still needing to download and install Unisys NOAAPort 9.4 (for CentOS/RHEL 5 or 6) or 9.5 (for CentOS/RHEL 7) should contact Unisys at technical-support@weather.unisys.com .

A NWS Service Change notice (SCN) has been issued at: http://www.nws.noaa.gov/os/notification/scn17-24goes16.htm

Details on the SCMI headers, sectors, and scanning strategy can be found at: http://www.nws.noaa.gov/noaaport/document/GOES-R_NOAAPort_SBN_040416.pdf
GOES-16 NOAA derived products (volcanic ash, cloud top height, SST, etc) will not be sent through NOAAPort SBN, except for a small period of testing at a later date. GOES-16 Geostationary Lightning Mapper (GLM) will also not be transmitted via NOAAPort SBN. Customers interested in these products including additional ABI products or sectors can contact Unisys at sales-support@weather.unisys.com for ingesting these products into your Unisys NOAAPort Gateway via LDM and/or the Unisys C-Band satellite channel.

NWS NOAAPort and IDP Outage

Unisys Weather is monitoring an outage of both the NOAAPort SBN distribution and the IDP landline services from NWS. The outage began around 18:15 UTC and we have confirmed that other NOAAPort vendors and sites are also seeing the outage. NWS did switch their NOAAPort uplink from the backup site in Fairmont, WV to the primary site in New York today at 15:30 UTC (due to signal issues with the northeast snowstorm). Unisys has been in contact with NWS and is monitoring the situation.

Update 19:30 UTC: The NOAAPort and NEXRAD Level 3 LDM services are still down from NWS. However, Unisys is still receiving all text data (forecasts, watches, warnings, etc) as well as the National Digital Forecast Database (NDFD grids) and Multi Radar Multi Sensor (MRMS) products from the landline connections with NWS IDP.

First Images from GOES-R

On January 23, NOAA and NASA released the first images from the Advanced Baseline Imager (ABI) on board GOES-R (GOES-16). Following a successful November launch and outgassing, the first “full disk” image from the ABI was received and processed by the GOES-R program. GOES-R is the most advanced weather satellite ever, with advanced imaging, lightning detection, and space weather observational capabilities never before seen. GOES-R (GOES-16) will be operated by NOAA and provide high spatial, temporal, and multi-channel scanning beginning Spring 2017. Following handover from NASA to NOAA, GOES-16 will be positioned at 75 deg West or 137 deg West (TBD). Unisys Weather will down-link the GOES Rebroadcast (GRB) and have high speed connectivity to the Product Distribution and Access (PDA) at NOAA to provide ABI, lightning mapper (GLM), and advanced derived products to clients. In addition, the Unisys NOAAPort Gateway has been updated to receive the new GRE and GRW NOAAPort channels, which will include sectorized cloud and moisture imagery from the GOES-16 ABI. For more information, please email sales-support@weather.unisys.com