NWS Eastern Region Provides Decision Support for Super Bowl XLVIII
Amidst thousands of fans and a flurry of activity in the nation’s largest metropolitan area,
the National Weather Service coordinated with emergency management operations for Super Bowl XLVIII,
held February 2 at Met Life Stadium in East Rutherford, N.J. The Super Bowl is designated as a
National Special Security Event and as such, support by NWS is dictated by law [PDD 62; P.L.
The National "Turn Around Don't Drown" Program turns 10 years old in 2014
Flooding remains one of the top weather killers in the U.S., with the average number of annual
fatalities totaling near 90. More than half of these fatalities are vehicle-related. The National
Weather Service has been working to bring those numbers down and, for the past decade, has been
doing so using its “Turn Around Don’t
Drown” campaign, which is dedicated to teaching the public about flood safety.
Weather-Ready Nation Ambassador Initiative Debuts
The Weather-Ready Nation Ambassador™ initiative is the National Oceanic and Atmospheric
Administration’s (NOAA) effort to formally recognize NOAA partners who are improving the
nation’s readiness, responsiveness, and overall resilience against extreme weather, water, and
climate events. Ambassadors commit to working with NOAA and other Ambassadors to strengthen national
resilience against extreme weather.
Lapenta named director of NOAA’s National Centers for Environmental Prediction
William Lapenta, Ph.D., is the new director of NOAA‘s National Centers for Environmental
Prediction (NCEP). NCEP delivers national and global weather, water, climate and space weather
guidance, forecasts, warnings and analyses to help save lives and protect property. As director,
Lapenta oversees the planning, science and technology, and operational responsibilities related to
NCEP’s nine national centers ...
Southwest Airlines Teams Up with NOAA to Improve Weather Forecasting
Southwest Airlines (NYSE: LUV) recently completed installation of Water Vapor Sensing Systems
(WVSS-II) on 87 Boeing 737 aircraft. The water vapor initiative, a result of a partnership between
Aeronautical Radio Incorporated (ARINC), National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) and
SpectraSensors, has the potential to improve weather forecasting by providing real-time and frequent
humidity data ...