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Operational Newsletter

Operational Newsletter on the World Weather Watch and Marine Meteorological Services

Current News Updates - 2020

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Volume D - Information for Shipping

Chapter 4 - Part B: Port Meteorological Officers

Amendment to the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland effective immediately.

Updated list of PMOs

Published: 27 May 2020

Volume D - Information for Shipping

Chapter 4 - Part B: Port Meteorological Officers

Amendment to Argentina effective immediately.

Updated list of PMOs

Published: 5 May 2020

Termination of radiosonde launches from station De Kooij

Notification from the Royal Netherlands Meteorological Institute (KNMI)

Effective immediately, the daily 06Z radiosonde launches from  Dutch station De Kooij (06235, EHKD) ceased.

Bulletins IUKD02 EHDB and IUSD02 EHDB have been removed from their message switch routinglist.

Published: 20 April  2020

New Aircraft Based Observations – temporary availability during period of COVID-19

Notification from the Met Office (United Kingdom)

In collaboration with FLYHT, the global MET community has been given access to their “AMDAR over AFIRS” and “TAMDAR” data. These data streams will be available during the period of State of Emergency in the United States of America.

With effect from 0800 UTC Monday 6 April 2020, Met Office (EGRR) will be distributing AFIRS data on the GTS under the header IUAx11 EGRR.

The TAMDAR data will be distributed with effect from 1000 UTC Tuesday 7 April 2020 under the header IUAx21 EGRR.

A GTS announcement has been issued informing that the decoding, data retrieval and quality control of these data streams has been carried out on a limited dataset and users should use their discretion on the use of the data.

If any further information is required, please contact the EUMETNET-Aircraft Based Observations (E-ABO) Technical Co-ordinator: (stewart.taylor@metoffice.gov.uk)

Published: 7 April  2020

New Tropical Cyclone products

Notification from the European Centre for Medium-Range Weather Forecasts (ECMWF)

ECMWF will be updating the WMO Essential Tropical Cyclones distributed via the GTS and the WIS DCPC interface to include wind RADII forecasts.

Details of the update and test data files are provided at:
https://confluence.ecmwf.int/display/FCST/New+Tropical+Cyclone+Wind+Radii+product

The change is anticipated for operational implementation with IFS cycle 47r1 on 30 June 2020.

Published: 2 April  2020

WISWIKI web site

Notification from the WMO Secretariat

wiswiki.wmo.int will be retired on 1 June 2020.

The content of the wiki will be available from: 
http://old.wmo.int/wiswiki/wiswiki.wmo.int/tiki-index.html as a static web site with an identical look. However, the wiki will not be functional, and registered users will not be able to log in and change or upload new content.

Published: 2 April  2020

Volume D - Information for Shipping

Chapter 4 - Part B: Port Meteorological Officers

Amendments to the following entries effective immediately:
AustraliaBrazil, Canada, Chile, Croatia, France, Germany, Greece, Hong Kong,China, Japan, New Zealand, Republic of Korea, South Africa, Sudan, Sweden

Updated list of PMOs

Published: 2 April  2020

TECO-2020

Notification from the WMO Secretariat

The 2020 WMO Technical Conference on Meteorological and Environmental Instruments and Methods of Observation (TECO-2020) will be held in Paris, France from 21 to 24 September 2020.

For additional information

Published: 27 March 2020

Advice of temporary suspension of upper air observations

Notification from New Zealand MetService

Radiosonde observations from Raoul Island - Station ID 93997 - will be temporarily suspended until further notice after the 270000 UTC sounding today.

Published: 27 March 2020

Codes

Adoption of amendments to the Manual on Codes (WMO No. 306) by the fast-track procedure

Following the "Procedures for Maintaining Manuals and Guides Managed by the Commission for Basic Systems" (Resolution 21 (Cg-17)), the draft amendments to the Manual on Codes, Volume I.3 by the fast-track procedure have been approved by the chairpersons of CBS Inter-Programme Expert Team on Data Representation Development (IPET-DD) and CBS Open Programme Area Group on Information Systems and Services (OPAG-ISS).

No objections were received from the focal points to the amendments.

The President of WMO has adopted the amendments on behalf of Executive Council in accordance with the Procedures.

The proposed implementation date of  both lists (Volume I.2  and Volume I.3) is 6 May 2020. 

Published: 23 March 2019

Volume D - Information for Shipping

Notification from South African Weather Service (SAWS)

Chapter 4 - Focal Point Contact Information - Part A: National Contact Points for WMO GMDSS Marine Broadcast System

Effective immediately amend coordinator for Metarea VII.

Published: 23 March 2020

Drifting buoy IDs no longer region specific

Notification from WMO Secretariat

DBCP agreed that drifting buoy operators should no longer be required to assign WMO IDs to platforms specific to a particular WMO region in which they will be deployed.  Instead, WMO numbers can be assigned based on availability or operating country.  This will come into effect once JCOMMOPS is ready to issue the WMO IDs.

Data Buoy Cooperation Panel - Thirty-Fifth Session (14-18 October 2019) - JCOMM Meeting Report No. 146

Published: 24 January 2020 (updated 25 February 2020)

Volume D - Information for Shipping

Notification from China Meteorological Administration

Effective immediately Shanghai HF radio-facsimile station will begin operation.

This information is also disseminated via our web site.

Published: 17 February 2020


Termination of TAC SYNOP and SHIP

Notification from Norwegian Meteorological Institute

Effective 18 May 2020 at 1200 UTC, Norwegian Meteorological Institute will no longer distribute SYNOP and SHIP in FM TAC, only in BUFR.

Effective 18 May 2020 at 1200 UTC, they will upgrade the following radiosonde stations to use BUFR template 309057 containing WIGOS Station Identifiers:

01001 (0-20001-0-01001) in IUKA11 ENMI and IUSA11 ENMI
01010 (0-20001-0-01010) in IUKD14 ENMI and IUSD14 ENMI
01415 (0-20001-0-01415) in IUKD16 ENMI and IUSD16 ENMI
01492 (0-20001-0-01492) in IUKD17 ENMI and IUSD17 ENMI
01400 (0-20001-0-01400) in IUKD51 ENMI and IUSD51 ENMI

Published: 12 February 2020


 

Termination of TAC SHIP distribution on 14 January 2020

Notification from Météo France

That the following BUFR products replace the alphanumeric  S[MIN]V[A-X]ii LFPW bulletins :

HEADER            DESCRIPTION
-------           ------------   
ISS[A-L]01 LFPW   BATOS AND BAROS STATIONS, HALF COMPRESSED DATA FLOW
ISS[A-L]02 LFPW   SHIP CODE 41
ISS[A-L]04 LFPW   SHIP FROM KNMI
ISS[A-L]05 LFPW   EUCAWS STATIONS

For questions regarding distribution or products please contact: gisc_support@meteo.fr

Published: 15 November 2019

Termination plan of TAC reports of SYNOP, TEMP, PILOT and CLIMAT

Notification from China Meteorological Administration

In compliance with the WMO BUFR migration plan, China Meteorological Administration (CMA) will stop the parallel dissemination of SYNOP, TEMP, PILOT and CLIMAT reports in FM TAC effective 1200 UTC, 3 December 2019.

The last FM TAC bulletins will be SMCI// BABJ 030600, SICI// BABJ 030900, US[K,L,E]CI// BABJ 030000, UP[Q,G,H]CI// BABJ 030000.

There will only be BUFR data dissemination after this date/time.

Published: 28 October 2019

Codes

Adoption of amendments to the Manual on Codes (WMO No. 306) by the fast-track procedure

In accordance with the Procedures for Maintaining Manuals and Guides (Res. 21 (Cg-17) revised by Res. 12 (EC-68)), the Secretariat sent the amendments to the Manual on Codes (WMO-No. 306), Volumes I.2 and I.3 to the focal points for codes and data presentation matters for comments.

No objections were received from the focal points to the amendments.

The President of WMO has adopted the amendments on behalf of Executive Council in accordance with the Procedures.

The date of implementation is 6 November 2019. The lists of amendments are attached to this email [Volume I.2] and [Volume I.3]

Published: 10 October 2019

Global Deterministic and Ensemble Forecast Data Provision

Notification from Japan Meteorological Agency (JMA)

JMA was designated as RSMC for general purpose activities in global deterministic and ensemble forecast prediction. In response to the decision, JMA will start providing global deterministic and ensemble weather forecast products on 21 May 2019 [read article].

Published: 9 May 2019

Codes

Adoption of amendments to the Manual on Codes (WMO No. 306) by the fast-track procedure

In accordance with the Procedures for Maintaining Manuals and Guides (Res. 21 (Cg-17) revised by Res. 12 (EC-68)), the Secretariat sent on 19 February 2019 the amendments to the Manual on Codes (WMO-No. 306) to the focal points for codes and data presentation matters for comments.

No objections were received from the focal points to the amendments.

The President of WMO has adopted the amendments on behalf of Executive Council in accordance with the Procedures.

The date of implementation is 15 May 2019. The amendments are available from: http://www.wmo.int/pages/prog/www/WMOCodes/WMO306_vI2/VolumeI.2.html

Published: 3 May 2019

Codes

Adoption of amendments to the Manual on Codes (WMO No. 306) between CBS sessions

In accordance with the Procedures for Maintaining Manuals and Guides (Res. 21 (Cg-17)), and as approved by the president of CBS, the WMO letter No. 03075/2019/OBS/WIS/DRMM/DRC (EnFrRuSpAr) dated 18 February 2019, including draft amendments to the Manual on Codes, was circulated to all WMO Members for comments.

The Secretariat has received no disagreements on the draft in the letter. The amendments are therefore approved in accordance with the Procedures.

The president of CBS has agreed to notify all WMO Members and EC members of the adoption through the WWW Operational Newsletter in accordance with the Procedures.

The implementation date of amendments is 6 November 2019.

Published: 23 April 2019

Volume D - Information for Shipping

METAREA XIV - Oceanic region

Notification from MetService New Zealand

Effective 30 April 2019 METAREA XIV will change its broadcast time for the oceanic region. The synopsis and forecast for the southern region will now be broadcast at the same time as the remaining METAREA XIV high seas forecasts at 0930 UTC and 2130 UTC instead of at 0330 UTC and 1530 UTC [see link].

Published: 20 March 2019
Notification from Servicio Meteorológico de la Armada de Chile
Published: 7 March 2019

Termination of TAC reports of drifting buoys from Japan

Notification from Japan Meteorological Agency (JMA)

The ASCII messages of FM18 BUOY for JMA drifting buoys distributed under the WMO headers:

SSVB[01-19] RJTD will cease on 6 March 2019.

IOB[A-D,I-L]1[1-3] RJTD is available for JMA drifting buoys in BUFR format.

Published: 12 February 2019

GTS regulatory or guidance material

Allocation of data designators CCCC for use in abbreviated headings of meteorological messages

Effective immediately include the following new CCCC designators for use in the abbreviated heading T1T2A1A2ii CCCC:

  • Location indicator: EUMR
  • Location name: EUMETSAT (Darmstadt)

 

  • Location indicator: EUMT
  • Location name: EUMETSAT (Darmstadt)
Published: 22 January 2019