NOAA’s National Weather Service Launches New Local Three-Month Temperature Outlook

In response to customer demand for climate information at the local level, NOAA’s National Weather Service has launched a new local three-month temperature outlook product for the continental United States.
 
“The mission of NOAA’s National Weather Service, in addition to saving lives and property is to enhance the national economy,” said Brig. Gen. David. L. Johnson, U.S. Air Force (Ret.), director of NOAA’s National Weather Service. “This product allows individuals and businesses to have reliable information to make important economic decisions.”
 
Easily accessed on the internet, the local three-month temperature outlook extends the Climate Prediction Center’s national three-month temperature outlook to specific local sites, providing probabilistic forecasts of the average daily mean temperatures for 13 consecutive overlapping three-month periods (e.g.: January-February-March, February-March-April). It is available for approximately 1,150 sites nationwide. The information is released on the third Thursday of every month.
 
The benefits of the local three-month temperature outlook include:
 
·         Extension of the national outlook to the local level
·         Higher resolution outlooks with more detail
·         Multiple formats to accommodate a wide range of user needs
·         Helpful tools to assist users with interpretation
 
“The local three-month temperature outlook products are valuable tools to aid decision-makers in managing risks and opportunities at the regional and local level,” said Dr. Robert E. Livezey, chief of climate services, for NOAA’s National Weather Service. “Our customers want more localized climate forecasts, and we are responding to those demands."
 
The local three-month temperature outlook is presented in three graphical formats. Pie charts are the most basic, while the temperature range graphs and probability of exceedance curves are more complex. A link to an outlook evaluation tool is also included for an evaluation of forecast accuracy. There is also a link to a user survey.
 
The local three-month temperature outlook can be accessed from all National Weather Service forecast office web pages by selecting the “Climate Prediction” tab. It can also be accessed directly at http://www.weather.gov/climate/l3mto.php, either by clicking on the area of interest or using the search function below the map. Every “local outlook” page features a map showing the stations for which forecasts are available in the local weather forecast office area.
 
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On the Web:
NOAA’s National Weather Service: http://www.weather.gov
NOAA’s National Weather Service Grand Forks
 
For more information contact Mark.Ewens@noaa.gov or call the Grand Forks NWS at 701.772.0720


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