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Discontinuation of the Regional Weather Summary (RWS)

For several decades, the National Weather Service in Little Rock issued a Regional Weather Summary (RWS). This was a narrative of past, present, and expected (future) weather conditions. It was not only a product that informed the public about the weather, it was a training tool to help new forecasters learn to write about the weather in simple terms. It was issued twice a day, and was found on the internet and NOAA Weather Radio.

Recently, the National Weather Service in Little Rock reached out to a select group of partners to get feedback concerning the Regional Weather Summary (RWS). It was found that the product was not widely used, and was likely reaching a small audience. Information from the Regional Weather Summary (RWS) was also found in other products (duplication of effort) such as the Area Forecast Discussion (AFD). Given this, the product was discontinued on February 28, 2019.

Official discontinuation notice...

Product discontinued...

PRODUCT NAME                    AWIPS ID          WMO Header
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Weather Summary for Arkansas    RWSLZK            AWUS84 KLZK

Not familiar with the Regional Weather Summary (RWS)? This is a sample...

AWUS84 KLZK 050336

Weather Summary for Arkansas
National Weather Service Little Rock AR
925 PM CST Mon Feb 4 2019

It was mostly sunny on Monday, with well above average temperatures.
Afternoon readings peaked in the 70s to around 80 degrees at most
locations, and ranged from 67 degrees at Blytheville to 80 degrees
at Russellville.

On the Monday evening weather map, a cold front was pushing into the
region from the north. The front will come to a halt, and will stick
around northern Arkansas or southern Missouri through at least
Thursday. A storm system will approach from the western United
States the next few days, and will interact with the front. Moisture
will become abundant, and widespread rain will develop.

Mild temperatures will continue, with lows tonight ranging from the
lower 40s in the northwest to the lower 60s in the south. Highs on
Tuesday will be in the 60s and 70s, with upper 50s in the northeast.
Lows Tuesday night will be in the mid 50s to mid 60s, with 60s and
70s again on Wednesday.

Through Thursday, one to more than two inches of rain will be
possible, with the heaviest amounts in the northern half of the
state. Thunderstorms will be embedded in the rain, and some of these
could be strong.

The front will finally sweep through the area Thursday night, and
will be followed by much colder air. As precipitation ends, there
could be a brief wintry mix in places. High temperatures Friday and
Saturday will only be in the 30s and 40s.

Another storm system will arrive late in the weekend and early next
week. Mainly rain will return, and it could be heavy.


If you have any questions or concerns about the termination of the Regional Weather Summary (RWS), please contact:

Dennis Cavanaugh
Warning Coordination Meteorologist
Phone: (501) 392-3355