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SUBJECT: ADMINISTRATIVE:  UPDATE #2 DECLARATION OF THE OPERATIONAL
*UPDATE #2:*  UPDATE 09/19/2014 1800 UTC: THE PROMOTION OF THE
OPERATIONAL RELEASE OF IMS VERSION 3 BLENDED SNOW AND ICE WILL NEED
TO BE EXTENDED AGAIN.
THE NEW TARGET DATE FOR RELEASE IS NOW NOVEMBER 12, 2014 2300 UTC. THE
RETIREMENT OF VERSION 2 PRODUCTS WILL BE ALSO PUSHED BACK UNTIL
DEC 12, 2014 2300 UTC TO ENSURE TIME FOR TRANSITION TO THE NEW
FILENAMES.
SAMPLE DATA IS NOW AVAILABLE AT:*
HTTP://WWW.NATICE.NOAA.GOV/PUB/IMS_V3/GUESTWEBSITENEEDEDFORIMSV3SAMPLEFILES.ZIP
*CONTENT WITHIN THESE FILES DOES NOT REPRESENT OPERATIONAL BLENDED SNOW
AND ICE ANALYSIS FOR THE SAMPLE DATE.*

UPDATE #1*ADMINISTRATIVE:*  *  DECLARATION OF THE OPERATIONAL STATUS
OF THE PRODUCTS FROM THE INTERACTIVE MULTISENSOR SNOW AND ICE MAPPING
VERSION 3, 08/04/2014 1600 UTC:*

*DUE TO HARDWARE FAILURES AND OTHER COMPLICATING ISSUES, THE RELEASE OF
THE IMS V3 BLENDED SNOW AND ICE PRODUCTS HAS BEEN DELAYED.  WE EXPECT
THE NEW RELEASE DATE TO BE NO LATER THAN SEPT 22, 2014 2300 UTC.
SHOULD ALL ISSUES BE RESOLVED SOONER, ANOTHER UPDATE ANNOUNCEMENT
WILL BE DISSEMINATED. THE RETIREMENT OF VERSION 2 PRODUCTS WILL
BE ALSO PUSHED BACK UNTIL OCT 20, 2014 2300 UTC TO ENSURE TIME FOR
TRANSITION TO THE NEW FILENAMES.*

TOPIC:*DECLARATION OF THE OPERATIONAL STATUS OF THE PRODUCTS FROM THE
INTERACTIVE MULTISENSOR SNOW AND ICE MAPPING SYSTEM (IMS) VERSION 3

*DATE/TIME ISSUED:*  SEPTEMBER 19, 2014  1525 UTC

*PRODUCT(S) OR DATA IMPACTED:*BLENDED SNOW COVER, BLENDED ICE COVER,
BLENDED SNOW DEPTH, AND BLENDED ESTIMATED ICE THICKNESS, DAYS SINCE
LAST OBSERVED FOR SNOW AND ICE PRODUCTS.

*SATELLITE(S) INVOLVED:*  GOES, POES, DMSP, AQUA, TERRA, MTSAT,
METEOSAT,
INDOEX, S-NPP, RADARSAT 2, NON-SATELLITE SOURCES
INSTRUMENT (S) INVOLVED:   IMAGER, SEVIRI, MVIRI, AVHRR, MODIS, NH
ASI, ASCAT, AMSU, ATMS, NIC MIZ, SURFACE OBSERVATIONS, US SURFACE
RADAR, GFS, CMC SNOW DEPTH ANALYSIS, NOHRSC SNODAS, SSMI/S, MMAB SIC,
VIIRS, SAR, CMC RIPS, NAVO ARCTIC CAP (ACNFS) ICE CONS & THICKNESS,

*DATE/TIME OF INITIAL IMPACT:* AUGUST 4, 2014 2300 UTC

*DATE/TIME OF EXPECTED END:*   TBD

*LENGTH OF OUTAGE:  N/A
*
*DETAILS/SPECIFICS OF CHANGE:*
NOAA/NESDIS WILL MAKE THE IMS VERSION 3 (V3) DATA PRODUCTS
OPERATIONALLY AVAILABLE TO ITS USERS FROM THE ENVIRONMENTAL SATELLITE
PROCESSING CENTER (ESPC). DATA FORMATS FOR DISTRIBUTION INCLUDE GRIB2,
GEOTIFF, AND ASCII.  NEW NAMING CONVENTIONS WILL BE THE FOLLOWING:

NIC.IMS_V3_%Y%J00_1KM.ASC.GZ     ASCII 1KM FILES
NIC.IMS_V3_%Y%J00_4KM.ASC.GZ     ASCII 4KM FILES
NIC.IMS_V3_%Y%J00_24KM.ASC.GZ     ASCII 24KM FILES
NIC.IMS_ICE_V3_%Y%J00_1KM.GRIB2.GZ      GRIB2 1KM ICE
NIC.IMS_SNOW_V3_%Y%J00_1KM.GRIB2.GZ     GRIB2  1KM SNOW
NIC.IMS_TIME_V3_%Y%J00_1KM.GRIB2.GZ      GRIB2   1KM TIME
NIC.IMS_ICE_V3_%Y%J00_4KM.GRIB2.GZ       GRIB2  4KM ICE
NIC.IMS_SNOW_V3_%Y%J00_4KM.GRIB2.GZ     GRIB2  4KM SNOW
NIC.IMS_V3_%Y%M%D_1KM.TIF.GZ    (GEOTIFF, .AUX)
1KM GEOTIFF
NIC.IMS_V3_%Y%M%D_4KM.TIF.GZ    (GEOTIFF, .AUX)
4KM GEOTIFF

BLENDED SNOW DEPTH AND BLENDED ESTIMATED ICE THICKNESS PRODUCTS ARE
ONLY AVAILABLE ON 4KM GRIB FILES.  VERSION 3 WILL ALSO SUPPORT 1KM
VERSION OF SNOW AND ICE COVER AT 1KM RESOLUTION.   ALL GRIB FORMATS
WILL ALSO CONTAIN QUALITY FLAGS FOR SNOW DEPTH, AND RANGES FOR ICE
THICKNESS AND ICE CONCENTRATIONS.  ALL IMS VERSION 2 ASCII FORMATS
WILL BE AVAILABLE IN VERSION 3 FORMATS, THOUGH NAMING CONVENTIONS WILL
NOW BEAR THE ORIGINATION CENTER (NIC), VALID TIME, AND RESOLUTION.  A
RETIREMENT ANNOUNCEMENT FOR IMS VERSION 2 FORMAT TYPES WAS POSTED VIA
ESPC OPERATIONS ON JULY 14, 2014 WITH A 60 DAY PERIOD TO ALLOW USERS
TO PREPARE FOR THE NEW FILENAMES AND SUBSCRIPTION UPDATES.  THE IMS
VERSION 3 PRODUCTS WILL BE MADE AVAILABLE FROM ITS WEBSITE
(HTTP://WWW.NATICE.NOAA.GOV/IMS) THE DATA DISTRIBUTION SYSTEM (DDS)
STARTING ON AUGUST 4, 2014.

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CONTACT INFORMATION FOR FURTHER INFORMATION:

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