The legacy OPC website URL https://www.opc.ncep.noaa.gov permanently redirects to https://ocean.weather.gov. On or after July 9, 2019 the old URL will not work. Users must use https://ocean.weather.gov to access the OPC website. More information is available at https://www.weather.gov/media/notification/scn19-10opc_terminate.pdf.
PLEASE NOTE: This .shtml webpage is going to be converted to .php format on June 4, 2019. On that date you will need to replace ".shtml" with ".php" in the URL address bar. The actual page content will remain the same. More information is available at https://www.weather.gov/media/notification/scn19-11opc_shtml.pdf.
Ocean Prediction Center Virtual Tour - Outlook Desk
The Outlook Desk is staffed 365 days a year, including weekends and holidays. The Outlook Desk shift cycle is completed once per day, from 1300Z to 2300Z, and is named for its focus on longer range products.
|Lead Forecaster Jim Clark completing a wind/wave forecast prog|
96 Hour (Day 4) Pacific Forecast Products:
|Pacific 96 hour 500 mb forecast||Pacific 96 hour surface forecast||Pacific 96 hour wind & wave forecast|
96 Hour (Day 4) Atlantic Forecast Products:
|Atlantic 96 hour 500 mb forecast||Atlantic 96 hour surface forecast||Atlantic 96 hour wind & wave forecast|
The Outlook Desk primarily focuses on the medium to longer ranger portions of the forecast, the 96 hour (days 4 into 5) suite of Atlantic and Pacific products. While these products are based on the 1200 UTC global model cycles, forecasts in this time range tend to depend heavily on ensemble forecasting and model trends, rather than just the latest deterministic solution.
In addition to these longer range forecast charts, the Outlook desk is responsible for completing several other seasonal products. This desk provides post-tropical guidance points to the National Hurricane Center, and special support for Antarctic research expeditions on the National Science Foundation's R/V Nathaniel B. Palmer icebreaker.
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