The National Weather Service Director, Dr. Louis Uccellini, visited the Iowa Flood Center in Iowa City on Wednesday, October 15, 2014. He came to Iowa to learn more about the research conducted at the Iowa Flood Center (http://iowafloodcenter.org/) as well as to discuss the National Weather Service’s role in building a Weather-Ready Nation (WRN). In Dr. Uccellini’s presentation, he discussed many of the upcoming projects, opportunities, and goals for the NWS and their relationship to building a WRN. There are 6 strategic WRN Goals (see Figure below) and one area Dr. Uccellini focused on was Impact-based Decision Support Services (IDSS). NWS forecasts are increasingly being based on multi-model ensembles, which has improved forecast accuracy and in turn improved the agency’s IDSS to NWS partners and emergency personnel in preparation for significant weather events. From the long range outlooks down to the short-fuse warnings, forecasters will have higher resolution forecast models at their disposal. You can find the detailed Weather-Ready Nation road map here: http://www.nws.noaa.gov/com/weatherreadynation/
Following Dr. Uccellini’s presentation, several of us from the NWS Des Moines office were fortunate enough to enjoy lunch with him and further the discussion about the future of the National Weather Service. We discussed the importance and usages of hi-resolution modeling, damage surveys, observational network, and several other weather related topics.
Blog post by Kenny Podrazik – NWS Des Moines