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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

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.

NWS Transitions to New Supercomputer on July 25, 2013

Effective with the 1200 UTC run on July 25, 2013, the NWS transitioned the operational production of the weather models to the new Weather and Climate Operational Supercomputing System (WCOSS) system. See official notification for this change.

This switch has caused a shift in model delivery, and may be affecting Unisys weather processing for the models on the Unisys Weather site. We are analyzing the new delivery times, and making adjustments to the scripts to ensure the models are processed correctly. We are aware of the issues with the RAP model graphics production.

GFSx/MRF Model Removed by NWS

As of 4/16/13, the NWS is no longer transmitting the GFSx/MRF model. Unisys Weather has updated the GFS/AVN model pages to include forecasts out to 10 days, including a new 9-panel image. Any user of the website that has hard links to the GFSx/MRF images will need to switch to the similar GFS/AVN images.

The direct link to the Unisys Weather GFS/AVN page is: