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Severe Storms For The Northeast U.S..; Heat And Fire Out West

A strong cold front will likely trigger severe thunderstorms and locally heavy rain on Friday from the Interior Northeast into the eastern Ohio Valley and northern Mid-Atlantic region, especially in New York state and Pennsylvania. Meanwhile, in addition to the ongoing heat wave in the West, fire weather concerns are increasing across the Great Basin into the Four Corners region. Read More >

Dr. Russell S. Schneider

The Office of Science and Technology Integration (STI) performs portfolio management for planning, research and development, and integration efforts for science and technology improvements across the NWS. STI analyzes requirements for service improvements from NWS field offices and National Centers through close coordination with the AFS Office; develops potential scientific and technological solutions through coordination with partners within NOAA and with the external research community; and sponsors applied research and development of programs/projects to address these requirements. Major research and development areas of the Office include, but are not limited to, improvement of operational atmosphere, ocean, land, sea ice, hydrological and other components of environmental prediction models, operational guidance and decision support tools, and social science integration.
The Office also establishes priorities for and oversees collaborative and applied research and development activities within NWS, in coordination with other NWS offices and NOAA line offices, as well as the research community. The Office provides a centralized coordination and management of field-driven innovation and research to operations transition programs and processes. These include but not limited to, testbeds, operational proving ground; the Science Operations Officer (SOO) and Development and Operations Hydrologist (DOH) Program; Collaborative Science, Technology, and Applied Research (CSTAR) Programs; as well as cross- cutting STI projects including social science integration and training.
The Office collaborates with the Central Processing and Dissemination offices to maintain and enhance a centralized research, development, and testing environment, which enables transitioning research to operations through streamlining development, testing, training and field implementation.

The Operational Proving Ground (OPG) facilitates testing of advanced operations, services, and science and technology (S&T) capabilities which address the needs of both internal and external users.  By creating a streamlined research-to-operations (R2O) and operations-to-research (O2R) process, an iterative, two-way interaction between S&T development and NWS operations is optimized.  To be considered for operational implementation, candidate capabilities must successfully introduce a new or enhanced operational capacity with no appreciable negative impact on existing systems and practices.  Particular emphasis is placed on applications which demonstrate substantive improvement to one or more of the following: the warning and forecast process, collaborative decision making, risk communication, and/or provision of impact-based decision support services.


Meteorological Development Laboratory

Dave Ruth (acting)

The Meteorological Development Laboratory (MDL) conducts and sponsors applied research and development for the improvement of diagnostic and prognostic weather information; data depiction and utilization; warning and forecast product preparation; and data and forecast evaluation. Projects involve modern physical, dynamical, and statistical techniques implemented on operational computers. Emphasis is placed on integrated suites of guidance and final products for Weather Forecast Offices, River Forecast Centers, and National Centers. The Laboratory collaborates with other laboratories and centers within and outside of NOAA and actively seeks to identify new techniques in response to NWS mission requirements. The Laboratory provides meteorological support to other elements of the Office of Science and Technology, as required.



Matthew Peroutka (acting)

Statistical Modeling Branch Homepage

The Statistical Modeling Branch develops and implements statistically calibrated objective guidance products from numerical weather prediction models for weather elements contained in public and aviation forecasts for use at Weather Forecast Offices, National Centers, River Forecast Centers, and public and private customers.  Lead times range from a few hours to two weeks or longer in advance.   Innovative scientific approaches are investigated to produce interpretive model guidance less sensitive to model changes, and to quantify uncertainty of weather guidance to improve weather decision services for events that threaten lives and livelihoods.  To support the development of statistical forecast guidance, a high quality archive of observations and model data is maintained.


Stephen Smith

Decision Support Branch Homepage

The Decision Support Branch develops and implements techniques to synthesize, display, and manipulate data and guidance from various sources to aid the Weather Forecast Offices (WFO), River Forecast Centers and National Centers forecasters and other users in interpreting the wealth of information available at the WFO. Such methods and displays incorporate algorithms from other laboratories as well as those developed in the Meteorological Development Laboratory, and lead the forecaster through a decision process appropriate for the specific weather situation being addressed. Such advanced interpretation and display techniques are integrated onto NWS operational workstations. Techniques for automatically monitoring weather observations and forecasts are developed and implemented to alert the forecaster of the need to update warning and forecast products, especially for dangerous weather. Prototyping of promising techniques in an operational setting is done to identify those best suited for implementation. The branch also develops and improves techniques for producing forecasts for the coastal marine environment.  Emphasis is on developing storm surge forecasting techniques and applying them to the nation’s vulnerable coastal areas.  Guidance from the resulting techniques is used by NWS offices in preparing forecasts which go to emergency preparedness officials as well as the general public.  To improve the R2O-O2R function in NOAA, the Decision Support Branch leads the design, development and maintenance of the Virtual Laboratory.


Matthew Peroutka

Weather Information Applications Branch Homepage

The Weather Information Applications Branch explores, develops, and implements techniques that generate products and services that enhance the value of NWS forecast products, especially the National Digital Forecast Database (NDFD). Techniques emphasize information on forecast uncertainty that can enhance decision making throughout the weather enterprise. Techniques include data modeling and web services that support NOAA’s dissemination needs. Prototyping of promising techniques is done to identify those best for implementation. All such techniques are implemented in software on NWS operational platforms and maintained as those systems evolve.



Modeling Program Division

Dorothy Koch

The NWS Office of Science and Technology Integration (OSTI) Modeling Division is seeking to fill 2 federal program manager vacancies.

The application deadline is Tuesday July 9.

Current federal employees may apply here: Job Announcement # (MAP): NWS-2019-0128

Non-federal applicants may apply here: Job Announcement # (DE): NWS-2019-0129

Together with the OSTI Modeling Program Team, the managers will be engaged in a range of exciting and critical activities, with the ultimate goal of improving the NOAA NWS models and forecasts. This includes managing the development and implementation of advanced model capabilities needed for improved forecasting of weather, hurricanes, extended forecasts (beyond 8-10 days), air quality, severe weather and coastal inundation and flooding. Improving these systems requires advancing the science, infrastructure and computational skill of the modeling system. OSTI-Modeling collaborates with NOAA’s Oceanic and Atmospheric Research (OAR) Office, the research community and other modeling centers, to enhance the flow of information and innovation between operations and research, and to partner on improving model system components and infrastructure such as data assimilation, validation and verification.  

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Research to Operations (R2O) Team

David Myrick

The STI Field Driven Research to Operations (R2O) Team is responsible for coordination and management of NWS field-driven innovation and research to operations transition programs. The team works closely with the NWS regional Scientific Services Divisions (SSDs), Office of Water Prediction and NCEP service centers to organize and facilitate projects with Science and Operations Officers (SOOs) and Development and Operations Hydrologists (DOHs) to integrate new or improved science and technology into field operations. The team also provides programmatic support to major NWS R2O initiatives in several areas including aviation weather, lightning, fire weather, and climate.