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National Winter Storms Operations Plan

WINTER STORMS RECONNAISSANCE

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The 2014 National Winter Storms Operations Plan

The purpose of the National Winter Storms 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.

The 2014 National Winter Storms Operations Plan, full version Online distribution of flight track information (Appendices E, F, G, H, and I) is available to personnel that have an operational need. Therefore, the information is password protected. If you need to obtain access to the flight track information, please send an email to If you need to obtain access to the full version of the NWSOP, please send an email to: ofcm.mail@noaa.gov

Subject: National Winter Storms Operations Plan Flight Track Information
Body: Attn: Executive Secretary, Working Group for Hurricane and Winter Storms Operations and Research