NSSFC Plotting Map

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NSSFC Plotting Map

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Plot weather observations in the station model format using this National Severe Storms Forecast Center (NSSFC) plotting map. The product is free. Download it, print it on paper that is at least 11" x 14", and trim the excess. The final map size is approximately 11" x 11". The map covers the Central Region of the National Weather Service and includes 3-letter station identifiers for select cities. 

Map History:

The NSSFC was the forerunner to today's Storm Prediction Center. The National Severe Storms Forecast Center was formed in 1966 from SELS (Severe Local Storms Unit) which was located in Kansas City. It became the Storm Prediction Center in 1995 and was relocated to Norman, Oklahoma.

Hand analyzed maps were in common usage. Today hand drawn analyses are an important tool for forecasters seeking to glean as much information as possible from weather observations. Weather Briefing includes examples and codes used for station model plotting accessible from the homepage. 

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