The Center Weather Service Unit: A Model of Impact-based Decision Support Services for 40 Years (98)
Chelsea Kenyon, National Weather Service/ ZKC CWSU, Olathe, KS
Ryan Kardell, National Weather Service/ ZKC CWSU
The Center Weather Service Unit: A Model of Impact-based Decision Support Services for 40 Years
Chelsea J. Kenyon and Ryan D. Kardell
NOAA/NWS Center Weather Service Unit, FAA Kansas City Air Route Traffic Control Center, Olathe, Kansas
Impact-based Decision Support Services (IDSS) is the foundation for meeting the needs of a Weather-Ready Nation. While many field offices in the National Weather Service (NWS) are currently evolving to meet this need, the Center Weather Service Unit (CWSU) was created in 1978 specifically to provide IDSS for the air traffic control system. Forty years later, the forecasts, briefings, and experience of CWSU meteorologists fundamentally informs the management of air traffic safety and efficiency across the entire National Airspace System. Each facet of the IDSS Information Cycle is represented in the daily activities of the CWSU meteorologist. Embedded with their deep relationship core partners every day, the CWSU is a model for other NWS field offices in relationship development, product and service evolution, and communications diversity. This presentation will demonstrate the various ways information is gathered and communicated for weather support at the Kansas City CWSU, discuss the impact on operational decisions, and how IDSS in the CWSU may continue to evolve to address the dynamic challenges of the aviation community.