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Weather Response System


August 2006

Publication Number: FHWA-HOP-07-067
EDL Number: 14338

Table of Contents

1 Introduction

1.1 Purpose
1.2 Definitions, Acronyms, and Abbreviations
1.3 References

2 Background

2.1 History of Project
2.2 Approach
2.3 Objectives and Scope
2.4 Operational Policies and Constraints
2.5 Description of Normal Modes of Operation for Weather Information
2.6 User Classes and Other Involved Personnel
2.7 Support Environment

3 Weather Response System (WRS) Deployment and Enhancements

3.1 Initial Deployment

3.1.1 WRS Home Page
3.1.2 National Weather Maps Module
3.1.3 Statewide Weather Maps Module
3.1.4 Regional Weather Maps Module
3.1.5 Slideshow Module
3.1.6 Maintenance Planner Module

3.2 Enhancements

3.2.1 Federal Highway Administration Review Changes to WRS Frame and Main Navigation Tools Created New Home Page Created a New Graph Module Changes to the Planner Module

3.2.2 Missouri Department of Transportation Training Added Email Links Added a Radar Module Changes made to the Mapshow Module

3.2.3 Presentations to NOAA and MoDOT Personnel Changes to WRS Navigation and Overall Presentation Added a Larger Map View to the Planner Module

4 Evaluation and Recommendations

4.1 Introduction
4.2 Available Tools in WRS by Organizational Areas of Responsibility

4.2.1 Transportation Management Centers
4.2.2 Traffic Operations
4.2.3 Maintenance Operations
4.2.4 Display Default Maps for Each Tab
4.2.5 Customer Service

4.3 Recommended Enhancements to the Prototype WRS

4.3.1 Use of Markers on Expanded Google Maps
4.3.2 Maintain the Selected Map View in the Planner
4.3.3 Provide a Regional Kansas City Map View
4.3.4 Display Default Maps for Each Tab
4.3.5 Provide Forecast Pop-Ups
4.3.6 Provide Ability to Email or Page a Forecast
4.3.7 Provide Email and Pager Alerts
4.3.8 Provide long-range general forecasts
4.3.9 Provide longer forecasts periods in MapShow
4.3.10 Provide storm tracking capability
4.3.11 Provide information on type of precipitation
4.3.12 Provide information on precipitation rates
4.3.13 Provide probability of hail
4.3.14 Provide lightning information
4.3.15 Provide additional dew-point and humidity information
4.3.16 Provide frost information
4.3.17 Provide pavement temperatures
4.3.18 Provide river cresting information
4.3.19 Provide ozone information
4.3.20 Provide customizable displays

4.4 Conclusions
4.5 Contractor Recommendations

Appendix A - Definitions, Acronyms, and Abbreviations

Table of Figures

Figure 1 - Initial WRS Home Page
Figure 2 - Initial National Weather Maps Page
Figure 3 - Initial Statewide Weather Maps Module
Figure 4 - Intial Regional Weather Maps Module
Figure 5 - Initial Slideshow Settings Interface
Figure 6 - View From Intial Slideshow Presentation
Figure 7 - Initial Maintenance Planner Module
Figure 8 - Changes To WRS Frame And Navigation Toolbar
Figure 9 - New WRS Home Page
Figure 10 - Populated Graph Module
Figure 11 - Changes To The Planner Module
Figure 12 - Radar Module Home Page
Figure 13 - Radar Module Display Page
Figure 14 - "Clear Values" Button In MapShow
Figure 15 - Example Of An Updated MapShow Presentation Page
Figure 16 - WRS Presentation And Navigation
Figure 17 - WRS 600 X 800 Screen Views
Figure 18 - "View Large Map" Button And Pop-Up Map