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Page 1: Instant Messaging Enhanced Communications Darone Jones NWS Birmingham

Instant MessagingInstant MessagingEnhanced CommunicationsEnhanced Communications

Darone JonesDarone Jones

NWS BirminghamNWS Birmingham

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Courtesy of David Neal FOX 6

EvolutionEvolution

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It has been instrumental in detailing storm/event evolution to It has been instrumental in detailing storm/event evolution to

broadcasters which is in turn relayed to the public.broadcasters which is in turn relayed to the public. Give the general public an increase in knowledge and saves lives.Give the general public an increase in knowledge and saves lives.

Instantaneous exchange of warning information and storm Instantaneous exchange of warning information and storm

reports in real-time “during” events.reports in real-time “during” events. Emergency Managers and TV crews are reporting damage and Emergency Managers and TV crews are reporting damage and

relaying pictures minutes after happening.relaying pictures minutes after happening.

With instant messaging...the professional communities work With instant messaging...the professional communities work TOGETHER...talking in “real-time”...from radar scan-to-radar TOGETHER...talking in “real-time”...from radar scan-to-radar scan.scan.

Advantages of IMAdvantages of IM

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Chatroom was very unreliable with some users having Chatroom was very unreliable with some users having difficulty entering and others getting removed randomly.difficulty entering and others getting removed randomly.

There was information duplication in the room, where a NWS There was information duplication in the room, where a NWS forecaster would mention the products they were about to forecaster would mention the products they were about to issue as well as state the issuance time of the product. issue as well as state the issuance time of the product.

Some outlets did not allow the commercial chat clients Some outlets did not allow the commercial chat clients within their network because some messaging software is within their network because some messaging software is adware.adware.

Chatrooms did not support the participation in multiple Chatrooms did not support the participation in multiple

rooms. The effect was to have everyone pile into the same rooms. The effect was to have everyone pile into the same room where the amount of information was overwhelming. room where the amount of information was overwhelming. This was very ineffective for other media markets that covered This was very ineffective for other media markets that covered

a portion of the CWA.a portion of the CWA.

If you were in a television market covered by more than one If you were in a television market covered by more than one forecast area…you were just plain hosed.forecast area…you were just plain hosed.

Limitations of Previous IMLimitations of Previous IM

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Each NWS Office has dedicated chat room and ability to support Each NWS Office has dedicated chat room and ability to support multiple chat rooms.multiple chat rooms.

The chat room has a history function which allows you to see the last The chat room has a history function which allows you to see the last 40 lines of conversations when you join the room.40 lines of conversations when you join the room.

If you were to leave the chat room you don’t have to be re-invited to If you were to leave the chat room you don’t have to be re-invited to join again, you can just log on.join again, you can just log on.

A server keeps an archive of all chats that allows you to refer back to A server keeps an archive of all chats that allows you to refer back to any event at any time.any event at any time.

Another attractive feature of this solution is that the chat protocol Another attractive feature of this solution is that the chat protocol (XMPP), server (Openfire 3.3.2) and client (Pidgin) are all cross (XMPP), server (Openfire 3.3.2) and client (Pidgin) are all cross platform, Open Source, and very secure. platform, Open Source, and very secure.

The chat room is frequented by an automated process (named iembot) The chat room is frequented by an automated process (named iembot) that relays NWS issued products to the chat room automatically. The that relays NWS issued products to the chat room automatically. The iembot is fully VTEC aware and alerts users to non-VTEC products like iembot is fully VTEC aware and alerts users to non-VTEC products like MCDs from SPC, hurricane statements from NHC, and even alerts when MCDs from SPC, hurricane statements from NHC, and even alerts when ASOS sites report severe wind gusts. This process average delivery ASOS sites report severe wind gusts. This process average delivery time to the room is about 12 seconds from issuance.time to the room is about 12 seconds from issuance.

IEM Chat - A Solution for AllIEM Chat - A Solution for All

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Actual log from May 5, 2006

Tabbed enviornment allows you to monitor Tabbed enviornment allows you to monitor upstream and downstream offices.upstream and downstream offices.

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The bot delivers mesoscale and watch links to the roomThe bot delivers mesoscale and watch links to the room

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Actual log from May 5, 2006

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BMX issues Severe Thunderstorm Warning for Montgomery [AL] till 6:30 PM CDT

Followup statements (SVS) BMX cancels Severe Thunderstorm Warning for Elmore [AL]

Special Marine Warnings MFL issues Marine Warning for Biscayne Bay, Coastal waters from Deerfield Beach to Ocean Reef FL out 20 nm [AM] till 8:45 AM EDT

Non-precipitating warnings (requires VTEC) OUN issues Fire Weather Warning valid at Aug 18, 12:00 PM CDT for Comanche, Stephens, Garvin, Murray, Pontotoc, Coal, Cotton, Jefferson, Carter, Johnston, Atoka, Love, Marshall, Bryan [OK] and Archer, Clay, Wichita [TX] till Aug 18, 8:00 PM CDT

SPC Mesoscale Convective Discussions (MCD) Storm Prediction Center issues Mesoscale Discussion #1836

SPC Tornado and Severe Thunderstorm watches Storm Prediction Center issues SEVERE TSTM watch till 17:00 UTC

National Hurricane Center products National Hurricane Center issues ADVISORY #32 for HURRICANE GORDON

ASOS extreme wind gusts WINNER,SD (KSFD) ASOS reports gust of 55 knots from SSE @ 0344Z KSFD 150353Z AUTO 16035G55KT 7SM FEW110 28/12 A2957 RMK AO2 PK WND 15055/0344 SLP991 T02780122 TSNO $

Local Storm Reports (LSR) Monroe [Turner Co, SD] emergency mngr reports TSTM WND DMG at 12:18 PM CDT -- 4 to 8 inch diameter tree limbs knocked down

WFO optional links to NOW casts, RER statements, Flood warnings/statements, Hurricane Statements, others can be added. SJU issues Flood Advisory (FLS)

NESDIS Satellite Precipitation Estimates (SPE) NESDIS issues Satellite Precipitation Estimates

IEM provided SchoolNet wind gust alerts UNITED COMMUNITY _ BOONE [Boone County] SNET reports 55 MPH from the N @ 05:55 AM

West Texas Mesonet wind gust alerts GRAHAM,TX (XGHS) ASOS reports gust of 52 knots from SSE @ 2110Z XGHS 162110Z 15033G52KT -RA 23/19 A3006 RMK AO1 T02280187 P0001 RH 080%

Special Weather Statements (SPS) EPZ ISSUES THIS IS A REISSUE OF THE RIVER FLOOD WARNING FOR THE RIO GRANDE IN EL PASO for El Paso [TX] till 7:00 AM MDT

IEMBot ExamplesIEMBot Examples

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IEM Chat is Catching onIEM Chat is Catching on

The use of instant messaging has evolved and increased The use of instant messaging has evolved and increased over the years.over the years. Started in 2000 at one office (Birmingham, AL)Started in 2000 at one office (Birmingham, AL) 65 WFOs are currently using or experimenting with IEM Chat 65 WFOs are currently using or experimenting with IEM Chat

(November 2007)(November 2007) 34 offices in Central Region34 offices in Central Region 25 offices in Southern Region25 offices in Southern Region 4 offices in Eastern Region to began testing mid July 20074 offices in Eastern Region to began testing mid July 2007 2 offices in Western Region experimenting.2 offices in Western Region experimenting.

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Census data with the polygon warningsCensus data with the polygon warnings

CAP alerting (Common Alert Protocol) – XML formatted CAP alerting (Common Alert Protocol) – XML formatted messagesmessages CAP alert messages can quickly launch Internet messages, CAP alert messages can quickly launch Internet messages,

news feeds, television text captions, highway sign messages, news feeds, television text captions, highway sign messages, and synthesized voice over automated telephone calls or radio and synthesized voice over automated telephone calls or radio broadcasts.broadcasts.

Smarter Bot – county and zone aware. This allows the user Smarter Bot – county and zone aware. This allows the user to program their area of interest.to program their area of interest.

Whiteboard capabilities - Visually express ideas and Whiteboard capabilities - Visually express ideas and comments in a online/teleconference meeting. comments in a online/teleconference meeting.

Stuff In the WorksStuff In the Works

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Questions?Questions?