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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.

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

Unisys Providing Weather Data to SimuAWIPS

Unisys Weather is now working with SimuAWIPS to provide operational weather data and products for the SimuAWIPS Software as a Service (SaaS) application. SimuAWIPS is a web browser based application which provides an Advanced Weather Interactive Processing System (AWIPS) simulated console for meteorologists and weather enthusiasts. Unisys Weather, a leading provider of operational weather information, is providing NWS NOAAPort products for ingest and display in SimuAWIPS.

 

For more information, visit SimuAWIPS for a tour and a free trial.

HRRR Model Now Available on NOAAPort

Unisys NOAAPort and NOAAPort Gateway users who receive the NWS satellite broadcast now have access to the High Resolution Rapid Refresh (HRRR) model, being broadcast over the NWS NOAAPort network.

 

Developed over the last five years by researchers at NOAA’s Earth System Research Laboratory, the HRRR is a NOAA research to operations success story. It provides forecasters more detailed, short-term information about a quickly developing small-scale storm by combining higher detail, more frequent radar input and an advanced representation of clouds and winds. The HRRR model forecasts are run in high-resolution every hour using the most recent observations with forecasts extending out 15 hours, allowing forecasters to better monitor rapidly developing and evolving localized storms.

 

For more information, go to NOAA’s Press Release or NWS’ Technical Bulletin. For Unisys customers with annual maintenance support, you can contact Unisys Operations for help with modifying your ingest.bul file to receive the new model.

NOAAPort SBN Expansion Update – 9/24/14

To all Unisys NOAAPort Users:

 

The NWS has reported that the termination of the “old” NOAAPort downlink will occur on Tuesday, September 30th at 8:00 pm EDT (0000 UTC 10/1/14). At that time, the available bandwidth on NOAAPort will increase from the current 30Mbps to 70Mbps. The NWS has scheduled the operational dissemination of the High Resolution Rapid Refresh (HRRR) model also on September 30, 2014 (see http://www.nws.noaa.gov/os/notification/tin14-32hrrr_oper.htm for details).

 

All NOAAPort users should be transitioned over to the frequency before that time. Instructions on accessing and verifying the new NOAAPort frequency are below. Any questions or issues should be directed to: technical-support@weather.unisys.com

 

Unisys is also currently working with several users seeing above average frame losses on the new frequency. If you are seeing excessive frame loss on the new frequency, please contact technical-support@weather.unisys.com

 

Thank you,
-Unisys Weather