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New Bulletins Feature in Weather Defender

by Rory Groves        December 16, 2010  |  12:08 pm  |  Category: Latest News | Tips & Tricks

Some of you may have noticed a new feature show up in Weather Defender this week. We are now providing the Full Bulletin Text Summaries of Watches, Warnings, and Advisories right inside the Weather Defender interface.

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How it Works

Bulletin Text is accessible via a new icon that appears over top of Watches, Warnings, or Advisories layers, found in the Winter Weather map (or you can add them to any other map from the Layer Browser). The icon looks like this:



When you move your mouse over the icon, you will get a description of the active bulletin, along with valid start-end times:


Finally, clicking on the icon will bring up the full bulletin summary:


What's in a Bulletin?

Bulletin Summaries are written by NWS forecasters and contain a lot of useful information about the details of a particular watch/warning/advisory.  They will tell you:

  • The synoptic pattern (general weather situation) that is causing a particular hazard
  • The exact times when weather will be most threatening
  • Specific locations which are most threatened
  • In some cases, like flooding or snow-related hazards, the amount of water or snowfall expected





1/9/2011 12:11:28 AM #

Its buggy KML works on one computer but not on the other, no updates except for price which dosent include Vas-----


1/17/2011 3:07:16 AM #

Hi, very nice feature. Looking forward to use it.


1/20/2011 8:33:32 AM #

KML support is limited, that is true. Try to use Shapefiles, GML, or CSV (X/Y tables) whenever possible.

Rory Groves

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