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Tracking NWS Area Forecast Discussions To Study The Subjective Use of Wind and Temperature Profiler Data


National Weather Service (NWS) forecasters use many different products when preparing their forecasts, including surface and aircraft observations, balloon soundings, satellite imagery, profilers, and numerical model guidance, to name a few. We have been studying how NWS forecasters utilize wind profiler data in their decision-making process. Two general types of wind profilers were the focus of this study: the NOAA Profiler Network (NPN) and the Cooperative Agency Profilers (CAPs). We used an automatic search program to monitor the NWS Area Forecast Discussions (AFDs) to help us gain a better understanding of the geographical distribution of the data being used, and how often and in what ways the NPN and CAP profiler data have been subjectively used at NWS forecast offices.

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January 01, 2005

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21st Int. Conf. on Interactive Information and Processing Systems (IIPS) for Meteorology, Oceanograp
American Meteorolgical Society
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