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Acronyms and Abbreviations


Acronyms/Abbreviations Definition
AHPS Advanced Hydrologic Prediction Services
ALERT Automated Local Evaluation in Real Time
AMS American Meteorological Society
ASOS Automated Surface Observing System
AWIPS Advanced Weather Interactive Processing System
CDC Climate Diagnostics Center
CDEC California Data Exchange Center
CFS Cubic Feet Per Second
CFS-D Cubic Feet Per Second - Day
CHPS Community Hydrolologic Prediction System
CNRFC California Nevada River Forecast Center
COLA Center for Ocean-Land Atmospheric Studies
CPC Climate Prediction Center
CSU-CIRA Colorado State University - Cooperative Institute for Research in the Atmosphere
DOC Department of Commerce
DWR California Department of Water Resources
ECMWF European Centre for Medium Range Weather Forecasts
ESP Ensemble Streamflow Prediction
FEWS Flood Early Warning System
FFG Flash Flood Guidance
FNMOC Fleet Numerical Meteorological and Oceanography Center
FSL Forecast Systems Laboratory
GEFS Global Ensemble Forecast System
GFS Global Forecast System
HAS Hydrometeorological Analysis and Support
IGES Institute of Global Environment and Society
IFP Interactive Forecast Program
IR Infrared
KCFS Thousands of Cubic Feet Per Second
METAR The acronym translates from French as Aviation Routine Weather Report
MOS Model Output Statistics
NAM North American Mesoscale
NCEP National Centers for Environmental Prediction
NESDIS National Environmental Satellite Data and Information
NOAA National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration
NRCS Natural Resources Conservation Service
NWS National Weather Service
NWS-WR National Weather Service - Western Region
NWSRFS National Weather Service River Forecast System
PACJET Pacific Land-falling Jets Experiment
PORTS Physical Ocean Real-Time System
QPE Quantitative Precipitation Estimate
QPF Quantitative Precipitation Forecast
RFC River Forecast Center
RUC Rapid Update Cycle
SREF Short Range Ensemble Forecasting Model
SSD Satellite Services Division
USACE U.S. Army Corps of Engineers
USFS U.S. Forest Service
USBR U.S. Bureau of Reclamation
USDA U.S. Department of Agriculture
USGS U.S. Geological Survey
WFO Weather Forecast Office
WPC Weather Prediction Center (formerly Hydrometeorological Prediction Center)
WRF Weather Research and Forecasting Model
WSR-88D Weather Surveillance Radar (NEXRAD Doppler Radar)
WV Water Vapor