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The purpose of this page is to show the time-line of National Weather Service (NWS) Morristown, Tennessee products before and during the Gatlinburg, Tennessee Fire. A special Fire Weather Support Page was developed around mid-November to aid foresters with area wildfires. The following is the link to the Fire Weather Support Page.
 
Daily fire weather briefings were provided to the Tennessee forestry.  These briefings discussed the potential winds, relative humidity, and rain chances for the next several days.  The briefings also allowed area foresters to ask NWS forecasters questions about any weather related concerns.

 

Chronology of NWS Morristown TN Products from Saturday, November 26th through Monday, November 28th 2016
DATE TIME PRODUCT
11/26/2016   311 AM   Fire Weather Product  
11/26/2016   321 AM   Hazardous Weather Outlook
11/26/2016   323 AM   Zone Forecast Product  
11/26/2016   913 AM   Zone Forecast Product  
11/26/2016   1040 AM   Zone Forecast Product  
11/26/2016   326 PM   Area Forecast Discussion  
11/26/2016   322 PM   Fire Weather Forecast  
11/26/2016   327 PM   Zone Forecast Product  
11/27/2016   308 AM   Area Forecast Discussion
11/27/2016   314 AM   Zone Forecast Product  
11/27/2016   317 AM   Fire Weather Forecast  
11/27/2016   319 AM   Hazardous Weather Outlook  
11/27/2016   335 AM   High Wind Watch (NPW)  
11/27/2016   645 AM   Hazardous Weather Outlook  
11/27/2016   903 AM   Enhanced Fire Danger Statement  
11/27/2016   1037 AM   Zone Forecast Product  
11/27/2016   1039 AM   Area Forecast Matrix  
11/27/2016   252 PM   High Wind Watch (NPW)  
11/27/2016   255 PM   Fire Weather Forecast  
11/27/2016   320 PM   Area Forecast Discussion  
11/27/2016   322 PM   Zone Forecast Product  
11/27/2016   328 PM   Hazardous Weather Outlook  
11/27/2016   500 PM   Drought/Fire Weather Briefing  
11/27/2016   927 PM   Area Forecast Matrix  
11/27/2016   928 PM   High Wind Watch (NPW)  
11/27/2016   928 PM   Zone Forecast Product  
11/28/2016   350 AM   Fire Weather Forecast  
11/28/2016   405 AM   High Wind Warning (NPW)  
11/28/2016   408 AM   Zone Forecast Product  
11/28/2016   425 AM   Hazardous Weather Outlook  
11/28/2016   444 AM   Area Forecast Discussion  
11/28/2016   957 AM   Enhanced Fire Danger Statement  
11/28/2016   1033 AM   Area Forecast Matrix  
11/28/2016   1043 AM   Area Forecast Discussion
11/28/2016   1050 AM   Zone Forecast Product  
11/28/2016   1132 AM   Fire Weather Forecast  
11/28/2016   141 PM   Area Forecast Matrix  
11/28/2016   320 PM   Area Forecast Discussion  
11/28/2016   321 PM   Area Forecast Matrix  
11/28/2016   324 PM   Fire Weather Forecast  
11/28/2016   327 PM   Zone Forecast Product  
11/28/2016   810 PM   High Wind Warning (NPW)  
11/28/2016   810 PM   Zone Forecast Product  
11/28/2016   903 PM   Evacuation Message  
11/28/2016   1147 PM   Evacuation Message  
     

DEFINITIONS OF NWS PRODUCTS

ZFP - product that reflects the observed, imminent, and/or expected weather conditions across different areas.
 
AFD - This National Weather Service product is intended to provide a well-reasoned discussion of the meteorological thinking which went into the preparation of the Zone Forecast Product. The forecaster will try to focus on the most important information and challenges of the forecast.
 
AFM - A detailed digital forecast data via the Area Forecast Matrices. These products display forecast weather parameters in 3, 6, and 12 hour intervals through 7 days. Incorporated into a matrix format, this product creates a highly detailed forecast, allowing for an at-a-glance view of a large number of forecast elements, including wind direction and wind gusts (in mph).
 
HWO - narrative statement to provide information regarding the potential significant weather expected through the next 1-5 days.
 
SPS - product designed to increase awareness and inform the public about significant severe weather.
 
FWF - fire weather planning forecast is a zone-type produce used for input in decision-making related to pre-suppresion and other planning.  Weather parameters included in the FWF represent average conditions across the give zone unless otherwise stated.
 
CEM - message used by the National Weather Service in coordination with federal, state, and local goverment to warn the general public of non-weather related time-critical emergency which threatens life or property.
 
EVI - message issued by local, state, or federal officials, and relayed by the National Weather Service.  Delivered over the Emergency Alert System (EAS), the EVI relays information for immediate evacuation.
 
For more information on the Emergency Alert System (EAS), please visit the following webpage.