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Exploring the Concept of a Graphical Tropical Weather Outlook

Jamie R. Rhome jamie.r.rhome@noaa.gov and Daniel Brown daniel.p.brown@noaa.gov

NOAA/NWS/NCEP/National Hurricane Center Miami, FL

Multiple studies have concluded that the public prefers and is better able to

graphics

versus

text-only

National

Weather

Service

products.

Accordingly,

the

interpret National

Hurricane Center (NHC) of the Tropical Weather NOAA partners as well

is currently exploring the potential incorporation of a graphical version Outlook (TWO). This effort includes working with NWS and other as soliciting input from the DOD, emergency managers, and media.

Additionally, the NHC is evaluating the use of a color-coding approach, similar to Hazardous Weather Outlook and EPA Air Quality Index, to articulate development

the NWS potential.

Initial in-house verification of past seasons indicates development potential into 3 tiers (low, medium, high). systems will be presented for feedback and evaluation.

that NHC has Prototypes using

skill in

clustering

existing

computing

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