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PUBLIC INFORMATION STATEMENT
NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE SEATTLE WA
730 AM PDT FRI FEB 24 2017

...NWS Web Site Changing For The Better - March 7th...

The National Weather Service`s primary web site www.weather.gov
plans to implement an upgrade. The improvement will involve the
point `n click site specific forecast and zone forecasts.

Once these changes occur on March 7th, all your current
forecast.weather.gov bookmarks will change. Links to a specific
forecast page will display an error message that includes a URL to
the new web site location. That is your opportunity to update your
bookmarks to provide access to NWS forecasts quickly after the
upgrade.

The primary focus of the upgrade is to make the forecast pages more
reliable during weather events, but there are some benefits of new
forecast pages as well that include:

    Addition of 7-day hourly forecast information to the point
forecast page

    A new mobile-friendly landing and graphical/tabular forecast
page

    Low-bandwidth optimization for all pages, on a partial roll-out
at launch

    Option to automatically detect your location on a mobile device

    A new widget mode that allows you to customize the information
on the point forecast

The overhauled architecture of the application platform will provide
a more stable and consistent service to meet weather information
demand, particularly during severe weather events. The updated web
site will provide a complete mobile-friendly experience with
optimizations for low bandwidth and customized weather widgets.

There are now two new data centers located in College Park, MD, and
Boulder, CO, to provide 100% backup capability for operational data
used within the forecast process.

We look forward to provide you with useful and timely information
using the improved connectivity and new design. Any questions can be
sent to kolly.mars@noaa.gov .

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BUEHNER


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