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Interagency Council for Advancing Meteorological Services


National Winter Season Operations Plan


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The 2020 National Winter Season Operations Plan

The purpose of the National Winter Season Operations Plan (NWSOP) is to coordinate the efforts of the Federal meteorological community to provide enhanced weather observations of severe winter storms that impact the coastal regions of the United States. This plan focuses on the coordination of requirements for winter storm reconnaissance observations provided by the Air Force Reserve Command's 53rd Weather Reconnaissance Squadron and NOAA's Aircraft Operations Center.

The goal is to improve the accuracy and timeliness of severe winter storm forecast and warning services provided by the Nation's weather service organizations. These forecast and warning responsibilities are shared by the National Weather Service, within the Department of Commerce and the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA); and the weather services of the United States Air Force and the United States Navy, within the Department of Defense.