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Powerful Storm to Impact the West; Fire Weather Concerns for Areas of the Plains

A powerful winter storm is underway across the west bringing heavy higher elevation mountain snow, dangerous blizzard for the Sierra Nevada Mountains, damaging winds, hazardous sea conditions and cold temperatures to much of the West through this weekend. Meanwhile, critical fire weather concerns increase this weekend for portions of the central and southern High Plains. Read More >

Thomas Graziano

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.

National Water Center (NWC)

Edward Clark

The National Water Center (NWC) coordinates, facilitates and integrates development activities across NWS hydrologic services. 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.

+Analysis and Prediction Division (APD)

+Geo Intelligence Division (GID)

Mark Glaudemans

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.

+Integrated Science and Engineering Division (ISED)

Dr. Trey Flowers (Acting Director)

ISED provides core science capacity, algorithm and software component development and operational decision support for local, regional, national and global scales. ISED has both developmental and operational functions. It develops water-related core scientific knowledge; software applications; model components; new products and product improvements; skill evaluation techniques; and modeling and analytical methodologies and algorithms. It operates models, analytical tools, databases and information systems. It produces scientific publications; software applications; evaluations of algorithms, techniques, tools, products and services; product documentation; incremental improvements in scientific or technical maturity of algorithms, models and tools; evaluations of skill and performance of models, products and services; new methodologies; and model parameterizations and calibrations. It maintains scientific expertise, product documentation, and developmental and operational software. ISED supports OWP and field operations, external partners, customers and stakeholders, and corporate knowledge management.

+Service Innovation and Partnership Division (SIPD)

Jocelyn Burston

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.

+Water Prediction Operations Division (WPOD)

Darone Jones

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. For more information, please see the Water Prediction Operations Division Concept of Operation document.