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5-year NWS Text Product Archive

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Maybe people already know this exists...but I feel like it comes up once in awhile and I just stumbled upon it today trying to find Upton's snowfall totals from yesterday. The Iowa Mesonet site has a nice archive of all NWS text products back at least until January 2009:

 

http://mesonet.agron.iastate.edu/wx/afos/

 

You have to use the 'Enter Product ID Manually' section to be able to search dates...so you need to know your product codes and NWS office code (http://forecast.weather.gov/product_types.php?site=nwshttp://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_National_Weather_Service_Weather_forecast_offices)...or just get the code by using the 'Select by WFO & Product' to get the latest products then go back and use the same code to manually search dates to get the older products.

 

I had to play around with it a bit...but kind of fun to pull up some of the old data. For instance...here's a snippet of Upton's discussion just as last year's Blizzard was getting underway:

 

 

AREA FORECAST DISCUSSION
NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE NEW YORK NY
359 PM EST FRI FEB 8 2013

.SYNOPSIS...
A MAJOR AND POTENTIALLY HISTORIC WINTER STORM WILL IMPACT THE
AREA TONIGHT INTO SATURDAY. RAPIDLY DEEPENING LOW PRESSURE
OFF THE DELMARVA COAST WILL TRACK NORTHEAST AND PASS TO THE SOUTH
AND EAST OF LONG ISLAND TONIGHT INTO SATURDAY. HIGH PRESSURE
BUILDS IN SATURDAY NIGHT INTO SUNDAY AND MOVES OFFSHORE BY SUNDAY
NIGHT. A FRONTAL SYSTEM WILL MOVE IN LATE SUNDAY NIGHT INTO
MONDAY...MOVING OFF SHORE MONDAY NIGHT. HIGH PRESSURE BUILDS IN
FOR TUESDAY AND TUESDAY NIGHT. WEAK DISTURBANCES MOVES THROUGH
WEDNESDAY AND THURSDAY. HIGH PRESSURE BUILD IN AGAIN FOR FRIDAY.

&&

.NEAR TERM /UNTIL 6 AM SATURDAY MORNING/...
FORECAST ON TRACK WITH PRECIPITATION TRANSITIONING TO ALL SNOW
ACROSS LI AND METRO NY. DUAL POL RADAR PRODUCTS SHOW CHANGEOVER
ACROSS THE SOUTH SHORE OF LI WHICH SHOULD BECOME ALL SNOW BETWEEN
4PM AND 5PM. HEAVY SNOW BANDS WILL BE MOVING SOUTH TO NORTH OFF THE
ATLANTIC AND ACROSS THE TRI-STATE AREA DURING THE NEXT SEVERAL
HOURS. EXTREMELY HAZARDOUS TRAVEL CAN BE EXPECTED FOR THE EVENING
COMMUTE WITH HEAVY SNOW AND STRONG WINDS. SNOWFALL RATES IN SOME
BANDS WILL ACHIEVE 2 TO 3 INCHES AN HOUR.

ALL GUIDANCE SEEMS TO BE WELL CLUSTERED WITH RESPECT TO SURFACE LOW
TRACK. RAPIDLY DEEPENING LOW MOVES ACROSS OR NEAR THE BENCHMARK
TONIGHT...PLACING EASTERN SECTIONS OF THE CWA IN THE BULLS EYE FOR
POTENTIAL HIGHER QPF. BANDED PRECIPITATION IS LIKELY DUE TO
FRONTOGENESIS. EXPECT SNOW HEAVY AT TIMES...ALONG WITH BLOWING SNOW
DUE TO THE POWERFUL WINDS WHICH WILL PRODUCE BLIZZARD CONDITIONS FOR
MUCH OF THE AREA. WILL MAKE ONLY MINOR ADJUSTMENTS TO SNOWFALL
ACROSS LONG ISLAND WHERE THE CHANGE OVER TO SNOWFALL HAS OCCURRED
SLIGHTLY EARLIER THAN FORECAST. GENERALLY LOOKING AT 10 TO 15 INCHES
NEAR NYC METRO...12-16 LOWER HUDSON VALLEY...12 TO 20 ACROSS LONG
ISLAND AND 18 TO 24 INCHES ACROSS SERN CT. CANNOT RULE OUT ISOLATED
AREAS IN ANY BANDING OF 2 TO 4 INCH PER HOUR RATES OBSERVING EVEN
HIGHER TOTALS.
 

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I didn't know that one existed.

 

Here is one that goes back to 2001, but you need to have the product emailed to you...it usually does get emailed within a few minutes though after it processes it. It's a little more crude on the menu though so you need to get used to it.

 

http://hurricane.ncdc.noaa.gov/pls/plhas/HAS.FileAppSelect?datasetname=9957ANX

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That IA state site also has good radar too.

 

Those archives can be good and bad. Just had an old AFD come up during an NROW presentation where the GFS was tossed on 12/24/10 when it started to come back northwest. Oops.

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That IA state site also has good radar too.

 

I hadn't see the radar...thanks for pointing it out. Really  now sure how I didn't know this site existed...lots of great archived stuff!

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I hadn't see the radar...thanks for pointing it out. Really  now sure how I didn't know this site existed...lots of great archived stuff!

 

They also have the VTEC browser so you can just search headlines.

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