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A Local Data Integration System (LDIS) has been implemented at the National Weather Service (NWS) office in Melbourne, Florida (Case and Manobianco 2001). The LDIS was configured with the assistance of the NASA Applied Meteorology Unit (AMU, Ernst and Merceret 1995). This effort was undertaken to integrate the various data sets in proximity to the Kennedy Space Center (KSC) and east-central Florida, and to generate products that may enhance short-range (less than 6-hr) forecasts. Through the use of effective visualization techniques, these integrated data sets will assist forecasters in diagnosing the state of the atmosphere at the mesoscale in near real-time. This paper will describe the LDIS setup and configuration, along with example forecast applications.
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