1. A maximum Storm Surge 2.5 - 3 meters high was reported in Cayo Largo del Sur (observational). The coastline retreated up to 500 meters in Batabanó, some people walked through the exposed sea bottom. Large waves battered both coasts of western and central Cuba with waves up to 4 – 5 meters high, causing extensive coastal floodings.
C H A P T E R 8
The RMTN (Regional Meteorological telecommunication Network) is the component of the WMO Global Telecommunication System primarily responsible for the operational exchange of warnings, forecasts and observations among members. It is mostly implemented through the International Satellite Communications System (ISCS) operated by the National Weather Service of the USA. The RMTN is a multipoint system via satellite utilizing two - way and one-way very small aperture terminal (VSAT) antenna and microcomputer - based systems. The data collection (inbound to RTH Washington) is being transitioned to network connections to the NOAAnet communications system. The ISCS transmission carries GTS data and products along with the world Area Forecast System (WAFS) products WMO and ICAO recognized formats including GRIB (gridded binary), fax, and alpha - numeric data formats. The user terminals include the necessary software application to handle binary information
Additional communication systems are also in place and are an integral part of the RMTN. These include the Emergency Managers Weather Information Network (EMWIN), the GOES Satellite Data Collection Platform (DCP), and the ICAO Aeronautical Fixed telecommunication Network (AFTN). Several alternate mechanisms for data exchange exist which use the Internet and TCP/IP technologies have been implemented by RTH Washington, including HTTP and FTP servers, E-mail Data Ingest Systems, RTH Web-based Bulletin Input, FTP Input Service and Dial-up Data Input. These alternate mechanisms are available to all Members covered by this Plan.
All data and product providers covered by this plan are encouraged to have at a minimum two methods of transmission and to regularly exercise or test both of them.
A restricted distribution list containing telephone numbers of national Meteorological Service and homes of key officials is given in attachment 8A.
8.2 Procedures to be followed WMO communications headings, station location identifiers, and international block and station index numbers will be used to send surface and upper-air observations.
8.3 Tropical cyclone warning headings Tropical cyclone warning headings to be used by Members are listed in Attachment 8B. Headings to be used by the USA for tropical/subtropical cyclone releases are listed in Attachments 8C and 8D.
ATTACHMENT 8 A / ADJUNTO 8 A
LIST OF TELEPHONE NUMBERS OF NATIONAL METEOROLOGICAL SERVICES AND KEY OFFICIALS / LISTA DE LOS NÚMEROS DE TELÉFONO DE LOS SERVICIOS METEOROLÓGICOS
NACIONALES Y DE LOS PRINCIPALES FUNCIONARIOS
(RESTRICTED DISTRIBUTION / DISTRIBUCIÓN RESTRICTIVA)