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High Winds Creating Critical Fire Weather Threats in California; Heavy Rains Along Gulf Coast

Strong to high winds are creating critical fire weather conditions across much of California, and explosive fire growth in Southern California. Wind gradients gradually weaken Sunday and through mid next week. Conversely, very wet conditions will develop this week as week along the Gulf Coast; and unsettled weather pattern to the north with snow from the Great Basin to the High Plains. Read More >



Contact
Thomas Graziano
thomas.graziano@noaa.gov
301-427-6904

The Office of Water Prediction (OWP) conducts operational, development, and field support functions. The OWP operationally supports and delivers science-based, integrated, consistent, timely, reliable and accurate water resources monitoring, prediction and diagnostic information to the Nation. It operates and maintains numerical water resources analysis and forecast modeling and data assimilation systems in collaboration with National Weather Service (NWS) National Centers for Environmental Prediction (NCEP), 13 regional NWS River Forecast Centers, Federal water partners, academia and stakeholders. OWP development functions focus on advancing the maturity and transitioning to field operations applied research (R2O) from within the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), partner agencies, and academia, as well as supporting and improving core OWP operational capacity. The NWC coordinates, facilitates and integrates development activities across NWS River Forecast Centers. The OWP provide support services to regional and local field offices and others. In large scale and severe events, the NWC coordinates and communicates with field offices to ensure a common operating picture for all of the offices to work from, assists with media inquiries to provide a national perspective, provides maps and briefing materials, provides safety and awareness information, and prepares and delivers ad hoc data and related support services.

+Integrated Science and Engineering Division (ISED)

+Geo Intelligence Division (GID)

Contact
Edward Clark (Acting)
edward.clark@noaa.gov
301-427-1360


GID provides centralized and consistent data services, geospatial analyses, and cartographic expertise to support science and engineering development, systems implementation, and water resources operations at local, regional, national and global scales. GID has both developmental and operational functions. It develops water-related geospatial data; actionable intelligence derived from data; geospatial software applications; maps and graphics; new products and product improvements; spatial discretization techniques; and analytical methods. It operates airborne survey systems for snow and soil moisture; geographic information systems; mapping and graphics software, systems and tools; databases, models and geo-statistical analysis software. It produces and maintains enterprise geospatial datasets, maps, atlases, graphics, documentation and geo-intelligence. GID supports OWP and field operations, external partners, customers and stakeholders, and corporate knowledge management.

+Service Innovation and Partnership Division (SIPD)

Contact
Peter Colohan
peter.colohan@noaa.gov
301-427-9845


SIPD provides geographic and socioeconomic sector-specific water resources information, risk, impact and economic assessments and decision support services. It marshals local, regional, and national assets to ensure effective service delivery at all scales. SID has both developmental and operational functions. It develops relationships with partners and stakeholders; decision support services; analyses of impacts and risks; requirements for improved information and services; and training and education programs. It operates socioeconomic hazards and impacts databases, models and information systems. It produces economic analyses, impact analyses, risk assessments, legal and policy assessments, outreach materials and scientific publications. It maintains socioeconomic databases and requirements databases. SID supports community resiliency, OWP and field operations, external partners, customers and stakeholders, training and corporate knowledge management.

+Analysis and Prediction Division (APD)

Contact
Dr. Trey Flowers
trey.flowers@noaa.gov
205-347-1450


APD integrates science, software, and data components into operational water resources prediction systems for local, regional, national and global implementation. ISED has both developmental and operational functions. It develops water-related integrated information systems and infrastructure, integrated models, modeling and data assimilation tools and systems, and integrated model calibrations and parameterizations. It operates numerical models, analytical tools, databases and information systems at national and global scales. It produces systems architecture and decision support products. It maintains systems, integrated models, databases, records and documents. APD supports OWP and field operations, web data and product dissemination, external partners, customers and stakeholders, and corporate knowledge management.

+Water Prediction Operations Division (WPOD)

Contact
Edward Clark (Acting)
edward.clark@noaa.gov
301-427-1360

WPOD collaborates across all levels of the NWS and NOAA, and with federal partners, to provide consistent national operational services, which complement, support and enhance water resources decision support services delivered by River Forecast Centers (RFCs) and other field offices. Leveraging the assets of the National Water Center (NWC), the WPOD performs major functions, which are inherently interconnected and include: 

  • Analyze and Integrate Data through the routine production, analysis, and delivery of a suite of national hydrologic data and services;
  • Maintain Situational Awareness through continuous assessment, interpretation and collaboration of hydrologic data and model output, and related decision support activities;
  • Ensure Service Backup/Continuity of Operations by providing a service backup capability for RFCs to conduct limited, remote operations when needed;
  • Deliver Impact-based Decision Support Services by proactively supporting, and responding to, stakeholder-defined needs and requirements for information which supports decision making during high impact events, as well as routine, high-value operations; and
  • Facilitate Service Development and Operations to Research by providing operational support and feedback, and promoting innovation with respect to new water resources services.
The WPOD combines these functions to support a fully-integrated field structure that delivers first class water resource services to partners and customers across the nation. Moreover, the WPOD supports water-related services across other parts of NOAA, as well as other federal agencies to ensure a seamless suite of integrated water resource prediction services.