Thursday, March 28, 2013

New Look For Storm Prediction Center Web Site

The NWS Storm Prediction Center (SPC) launched it's new home page today, sporting a sharp new look and quick, easy access to SPC products. SPC is responsible for forecasts and watches for severe thunderstorms and tornadoes over the contiguous United States. The SPC also monitors heavy rain, heavy snow, and fire weather events across the U.S. and issues specific products for those hazards.

The Overview map with the tabs across the top remains the centerpiece of the page but is off on the left side. On the right side a window contains thumbnails and links to all SPC graphical outlook products. Tabs on this window can be used to view the convective outlooks, current watches, mesoscale discussions, and fire weather outlooks. On the bottom half of the page are windows to severe weather climatology, public awareness and education material, case studies, and publications. Gone is the long menu list on the left hand side of the page that still is a feature of most NWS web pages.

The pages behind the home page still utilize the old web page design so you will still have to deal with the old menu structure until these are changed.  However, the home page provides users with a clean "at a glance" overview and access to severe weather information.

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