SRF provides services to New Orleans, Meridian, and Whiting

Sub-Regional Forecaster provides services to New Orleans, Meridian, and Whiting


Action sequence:

        At night when METOC takes over.

        Begin with daily climatological averages and work from there--maximum and minimum temperatures.

        Examine models.

        Examine NOGAPS.

        Examine surface chart.

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

        Looking at synoptic situation - what is going on, trends at the stations.


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.

Anything you can get your hands on.

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?


        The task is routine

        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?


        Not being there makes it harder - don't see or experience the way things change.

        At night have to rely on ASOS - there is no visible imagery.

        Fog and low ceilings are a problem.

        They don't show up on IR. Sensors that pick up fog don't pick up clouds.

        The first visible observations in daylight are revealing.


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