FDO Makes Forecast

Forecast Duty Officer generates forecasts


Action sequence:

        Examine models.

        Examine NOGAPS.

        Examine surface chart.

        Examine 500mb chart--shows what causes may lead to worsening.


What supports the action sequence?


What is the needed information?


CONTEL Meteorological Workstation

MIDDS computer

Models from Monterey--altimeter settings for various places, ditch angles for flights over water.


Procedure depends on the season.

Winter--look for fronts.

Summer--look for fog, thunder storms.

Station forecasts




What is good or useful about the support and the depiction of needed information?


        CONTEL Meteorological Workstation provides forecasts from any station in the US--DOD, NWS, airports

        MIDDS supports internet work

        MIDDS rarely crashes

        Is good compared to other Navy systems

        NOGAPS and other prognoses help confirm long-range forecasts.

        There is so much on the internet, you can go in there and play and get better and better--you learn what works in what situations.


What about the support or information depiction makes the action sequence difficult?


        NEXRAD does not have a good background map.

        You cannot zoom in and see any detail with any clarity.


Concept Mapping Toolkit
Insitute for Human and Machine Cognition
The University of West Florida