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Public Information Statement
National Weather Service Houston/Galveston Tx
325 PM CDT Wed Apr 07 2021

To:        Subscribers:
           -NOAA Weather Wire Service
           -Emergency Managers Weather Information Network
           -NOAAPort
           Other NWS Partners and NWS Employees

From:      Allison Allen, Chief
           Marine, Tropical and Tsunami Services Branch

Subject:   Hurricane Threats and Impacts (HTI) Mosaic Testing on
           April 8, 2021 (Backup date: April 22, 2021)

The NWS Weather Forecast Office (WFO) in Honolulu and WFOs in the NWS
Southern Region and in the NWS Eastern Region will commence with
Hurricane Threats and Impacts (HTI) threat grid mosaic testing on
Thursday, April 8.  Thursday, April 22 has been designated as the
backup test date in the event that testing cannot be conducted on April 8.

Testing will begin at approximately 1500 UTC.  Test activities will
take approximately 1 hour; however, NWS dissemination systems may
take up to an hour and a half to purge all test data.  All test
data is expected to be cleared by 1730 UTC.

For the test, HTI grids will be created for Hurricane Wind Threat,
Hurricane Storm Surge Threat, Hurricane Flooding Rain Threat, and
Hurricane Tornado Threat.  These grids are sent to the National
Digital Forecast Database (NDFD) and can be seen on the NDFD web viewer at:
https://digital.weather.gov

The Product Description Document for these threat grids can be found here:
https://www.weather.gov/media/srh/tropical/PDD_HTI.pdf

HTI grids are created by WFOs for their county warning area and
mosaicked together to form a more geographically consistent depiction
of the threat posed by hurricane hazards.  The HTI mosaics can be found
in kml format at:
https://weather.gov/hti

When populated HTI grids are posted, they also can be found on the WFO
Tropical Web Portal page linked below under the Threats and Impacts tab:
https://www.weather.gov/srh/tropical

Periodic software and hardware testing in preparation for tropical
cyclone events will continue during the remainder of 2021.

For more information, please contact:

  Lance Wood
  National Weather Service
  Houston/Galveston, TX
  lance.wood@noaa.gov

National Public Information Statements are online at:
https://www.weather.gov/notification/

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