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Viewing and Modifying Weather Summary Data (BFB, STFB & NTFB)

Fire Behavior Specialists (FBS) must evaluate the weather summary and hourly records for any Basic Fire Behavior (BFB), Short-Term Fire Behavior (STFB), and Near-Term Fire Behavior (NTFB) analyses, and modify the data as needed. For example, if a rain event occurred during the previous day that is not reflected in the weather summary data, you can add it by updating the hourly records. The weather summary and hourly records cannot be modified for the automated BFB and STFB tools, which are available to non-fire behavior specialists.

Although analysts aim to select RAWS that are representative of weather on the fire, you might need to modify the station to better reflect actual fire weather conditions prior to the analysis date, or for the next 1-5 days, depending on the selected burn periods (for STFB and NTFB). See Hourly Records Considerations for assistance with selecting a weather station for your BFB, STFB or NTFB analysis.

The WIMS database and the NWS Forecast Data, a forecast product produced by the National Weather Service, populate the weather summary data. For past dates and times, values are uploaded from the WIMS database. For future dates and times, the National Weather Service (NWS) Point Forecast Data is used to populate fields.

The weather summary data records include:

The number of rows in the table depends on the number of days of conditioning (fuel moisture conditioning) you selected on the General Information page and, for NTFB, the number of burn periods after the ignition start.

Partial days are displayed with asterisks in the summary table (hourly records that do not represent a full 24 hours and, therefore, cannot be summarized by day). The earliest conditioning day and the final analysis day are, typically, partial. The hourly data for both full and partial days can be viewed and edited by accessing the hourly records for a particular date.

The Hourly records (accessed by selecting a date from the weather summary table) include the following hourly observations:

For each day in the weather summary, you can view hourly records in a graph or a table view, but edits to hourly records must be made in the table view (with the exception of precipitation amounts that can only be viewed and edited in the table view). Once saved, edits to all other values (temperature, wind speed and direction, RH and cloud cover) are all visible in the graph view. The graph view can help you spot errors in hourly records, as sharp departures from trends are easily noticeable.

Verify the following when reviewing weather summary data/hourly records:

The Record Type column in the hourly records describes the source of the weather data. If the data comes from a weather station, the Record Type displays as 'RAWS'. If the data comes from an NWS Point Forecast the Record Type it displays as 'forecast'. Records with a Type of "interpolated" indicate that hourly weather is not available from WIMS and the daily observation is being used. Lastly, there are occasionally one hour gaps between the historic and forecast data where no records are available. In this case weather data will be populated with the last available hourly record and the word 'gap' will appear in the Record Type column.

The hourly records provide a quick way for analysts to see and understand what weather inputs the model is using, and the graph view helps you visualize trends. If a field is not editable in the hourly records then the model is not using that value. Winds, therefore, are not editable for STFB (these are user inputs) and they are only available to edit during the burn period in NTFB. Similarly, Cloud Cover cannot be edited outside of the conditioning period for STFB but, since NTFB 'conditions' throughout the analysis, it can be edited at any hour with that model.

Note: Hourly records cannot be fetched further back than 7 days (for conditioning) or forward more than 4 or 5 days (depending on when the local forecasts are updated). The error, "Unable to retrieve acceptable conditioning data..." may occur if you request data beyond these time frames.

 To modify hourly weather records:

  1. Navigate to the analysis that contains the Hourly (weather) Record data you want to modify by doing one of the following steps:
    • Choose Analyses tab > select the analysis > click View Information.
    • If you are already in the analysis, select the (Analysis) Information menu option from the list on the left.

    The General Information page appears for the selected analysis.

  2. Scroll down to the Weather Summary bar and, if necessary, click the down arrow to display the Weather Summary Data.
  3. Select the radial button next to the date for which you wish to view and edit hourly records.
  4. Click Hourly Records. The Table View of hourly records displays.
  5. Enter the values you want to use by clicking in a particular cell and overwriting the existing value. Input cells that are not editable are not used by the fire behavior model.
  6. When you are done editing on the page (day), remember to click Save. The page reloads. 
  7. Verify your changes in the table, and then click Graph View to view your edits and ensure trends for each type of value are reasonable.
  8. Note that you can move forward and backward through each day by clicking Previous Day or Next Day.

Once you've edited and saved Hourly Records, you can continue entering inputs for the fire behavior analysis, but if you change the analysis date, weather station, or burn period information, it automatically repopulates the Hourly Records data values and overwrites your changes.

Last updated on 1/29/2019 4:25:24 PM.

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Analysis for Fire Behavior Specialists

To modify hourly weather records:

See Also

Viewing Fire Behavior Request Details

Accepting or Refusing an Analysis Request

Granting Analysis Privileges

Downloading a RAWS KMZ File

Analysis Notes

About Analysis Shape Files (STFB, NTFB, FSPro)

Drawing a Landscape Extent

Creating a Landscape Editor Rule

Importing Landscape Editor Rules

Creating the Landscape File

Downloading an LCP File

Editing the Landscape File

Modifying Landscape File Parameters

Viewing the Landscape for an Analysis

Generating a Landscape Critique

Downloading a Landscape Critique

Basic Fire Behavior (BFB)

Running a Basic Fire Behavior (BFB) Analysis

Copying an Existing Basic Fire Behavior Analysis

Analyst_Assisted Short Term Fire Behavior (STFB)

Running a Short-Term Fire Behavior (STFB) Analysis

Copying an Existing Short-Term Fire Behavior Analysis

Near-Term Fire Behavior (NTFB)

Running a Near-Term Fire Behavior Analysis (NTFB)

Setting Up Burn Periods for NTFB

Using Gridded Winds (BFB, STFB)

Modifying Wind Information (BFB, STFB)

Modifying Fuel Moistures for Fire Behavior Analysts

About Weather Station Information (BFB & STFB, NTFB, FSPro)

About FWX Weather Files

Downloading FWX Weather Files (FSPro)

Weather Station Availability for Fire Behavior Analysis

Generating Hourly Weather Forecasts

Copying an Existing Near-Term Fire Behavior Analysis

Creating an FSPro Analysis

About General FSPro Input Parameters

FSPro Information Menu Option

About Run FSPro Status

Monitoring FSPro Run Status from the Analysis List

About the Date Filter (FSPro)

Copying an Existing FSPro Analysis

About the ERC Stream (FSPro)

About ERC Classes (FSPro)

Setting up FSPro Winds

Editing the FSPro Wind Matrix

Adding or Deleting Rows to the Winds Matrix (FSPro)

Downloading Winds (FSPro)

Recalculating Winds Distribution (FSPro)

Interpreting the Winds Rose (FSPro)

Downloading an Analysis KMZ File

Near Term Fire Behavior Results Downloads

FSPro Fire Behavior Results Downloads

Viewing Analysis Notes

Viewing Analysis Results

Viewing the Analysis Report


Field Descriptions

Glossary Resources

Spatial Data Reference

Landscape Data Source Reference

Relative Risk Reference

Organization Assessment Reference

Fire Behavior Reference

About the WFDSS Decision Editors