Agency Information Collection Activities; Submission to the Office of Management and Budget (OMB) for Review and Approval; Comment Request; Partner Probabilistic Snowfall Messaging Survey

CourtCommerce Department,National Oceanic And Atmospheric Administration
Citation86 FR 59696
Record Number2021-23512
Federal Register, Volume 86 Issue 206 (Thursday, October 28, 2021)
[Federal Register Volume 86, Number 206 (Thursday, October 28, 2021)]
                [Pages 59696-59697]
                From the Federal Register Online via the Government Publishing Office []
                [FR Doc No: 2021-23512]
                National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration
                Agency Information Collection Activities; Submission to the
                Office of Management and Budget (OMB) for Review and Approval; Comment
                Request; Partner Probabilistic Snowfall Messaging Survey
                AGENCY: National Oceanic & Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), Commerce.
                ACTION: Notice of information collection, request for comment.
                SUMMARY: The Department of Commerce, in accordance with the Paperwork
                Reduction Act of 1995 (PRA), invites the general public and other
                Federal agencies to comment on
                [[Page 59697]]
                proposed, and continuing information collections, which helps us assess
                the impact of our information collection requirements and minimize the
                public's reporting burden. The purpose of this notice is to allow for
                60 days of public comment preceding submission of the collection to
                DATES: To ensure consideration, comments regarding this proposed
                information collection must be received on or before December 27, 2021.
                ADDRESSES: Interested persons are invited to submit written comments to
                Adrienne Thomas, NOAA PRA Officer, at [email protected]. Please
                reference OMB Control Number 0648-xxxx in the subject line of your
                comments. Do not submit Confidential Business Information or otherwise
                sensitive or protected information.
                FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Requests for additional information or
                specific questions related to collection activities should be directed
                to Peter Rogers, Warning Coordination Meteorologist, National Weather
                Service Sioux Falls Weather Forecast Office, 26 Weather Lane, Sioux
                Falls, SD 57104, 605-330-4247, [email protected] or Dr. Julie
                Demuth, Project Scientist, National Center for Atmospheric Research,
                3450 Mitchell Lane, Boulder, CO 80301, 303-497-8112, [email protected].
                I. Abstract
                 This is a request for a new collection of information.
                 For decades, the National Weather Service (NWS) has provided
                deterministic (i.e., single-value) snowfall forecasts or snowfall
                uncertainty forecasts with set, narrow ranges (i.e., 2-4, 4-6 inches).
                More recent advancements in model ensembles have allowed for the
                calculation of probabilistic snowfall information. This forecast
                information can be messaged in a number of ways, for example, as the
                probability a location will receive some amount of snowfall, or as the
                probability the snowfall will be within a certain range. While
                statistically more accurate, it is unknown if probabilistic snowfall
                forecasts are understood or helpful to the end user in their decision
                making process.
                 The NWS and National Center for Atmospheric Research will work
                together to conduct a survey across the NWS Central Region to determine
                different core partners' needs, preferences, understanding, and
                usefulness regarding probabilistic snow forecasts. Core partners of
                interest for this effort are emergency managers, school officials, and
                transportation officials. The survey will be hosted as a web-based
                survey through QuestionPro and will be electronically distributed to
                core partners by local NWS forecast offices across the Central Region
                in early 2022.
                 Results from this survey will be used to determine how
                probabilistic snowfall information will be used in future NWS products
                and services with the ultimate goal of providing information in a way
                that improves core partners' ability to make informed decisions for the
                protection of life and property.
                II. Method of Collection
                 We will program and field the survey as web-based, using
                QuestionPro. All NWS Weather Forecast Offices (WFOs) in the Central
                Region will be invited to send the survey via email to their emergency
                management, transportation, and school partners. A short invitation
                script will be provided to all WFO Warning Coordination Meteorologists
                to send the survey. The survey will remain open for three weeks, and we
                will ask WCMs to send one reminder halfway through that period (i.e.,
                after 10 days).
                III. Data
                 OMB Control Number: 0648-XXXX.
                 Form Number(s): None.
                 Type of Review: Regular submission [new information collection].
                 Affected Public: Local (city or county), state, tribal, federal,
                and college/university emergency managers, local school principals,
                superintendents, transportation directors, and maintenance officials,
                and city, regional, or state transportation officials.
                 Estimated Number of Respondents: 300.
                 Estimated Time per Response: 10-12 minutes.
                 Estimated Total Annual Burden Hours: 60 hours.
                 Estimated Total Annual Cost to Public: None.
                 Respondent's Obligation: Voluntary.
                IV. Request for Comments
                 We are soliciting public comments to permit the Department/Bureau
                to: (a) Evaluate whether the proposed information collection is
                necessary for the proper functions of the Department, including whether
                the information will have practical utility; (b) Evaluate the accuracy
                of our estimate of the time and cost burden for this proposed
                collection, including the validity of the methodology and assumptions
                used; (c) Evaluate ways to enhance the quality, utility, and clarity of
                the information to be collected; and (d) Minimize the reporting burden
                on those who are to respond, including the use of automated collection
                techniques or other forms of information technology.
                 Comments that you submit in response to this notice are a matter of
                public record. We will include or summarize each comment in our request
                to OMB to approve this ICR. Before including your address, phone
                number, email address, or other personal identifying information in
                your comment, you should be aware that your entire comment--including
                your personal identifying information--may be made publicly available
                at any time. While you may ask us in your comment to withhold your
                personal identifying information from public review, we cannot
                guarantee that we will be able to do so.
                Sheleen Dumas,
                Department PRA Clearance Officer, Office of the Chief Information
                Officer, Commerce Department.
                [FR Doc. 2021-23512 Filed 10-27-21; 8:45 am]
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