SOUTHERN CALIFORNIA WEATHER AUTHORITY
Who trusts SCWXA?: Fire officials use SCWXA’ Santa Ana Wind Forecast Center to plan during the offshore wind season. They also use SCWXA for monsoonal watches for floods.
Law Enforcement also sees SCWXA forecasts. We’ve had a large number of Police officers contact SCWXA to say what a fine job it has done. We have a few district attorneys that contact the SCWXA to prosecute arsonists. We can get a detailed overview of the date,time and location of weather for them to complete or build a case. It’s all free.
Pilots trust SCWXA to plan their flights. If thunderstorms are in the forecast, they will know ahead of time as we try hard to get these out to them.
Sailors contact SCWXA periodically. While we are eager to make a strong relationship with beach goers, the SCWXA’s weakest field of contact was the sailors. Just recently, the SCWXA added zones to the coastal recreational areas. These zones have wave and marine warnings in small zones to enable someone in that zone to know what is expected.
Is SCWXA funded?: The SCWXA is funded by ad revenue and nothing else.
The projections of SCWXA from public review can be that of The Weather Channel for Southern California and Tornado Alley regions. The SCWXA covers many areas. However we are not interested in snow events in the Northeastern United States. The Weather Channel can have that.
SCWXA’s goal is to be the largest public forecast service in Southern California, with video forecasting and in-depth analysis and live coverage of ANY weather events we forecast is the goal. The potential with the right advertising is very high.
Is SCWXA a government agency?: SCWXA is not a government agency. We like the fact we are not due to the fact that we can issue these forecasts the way we do, setting our own guidelines for each region in the forecast area. We are a public and private forecast service – built for the people. If you trust us great. But you do not have to. Many do however. It’s at your own to trust us.
How long has SCWXA been around?: SCWXA has been around since 1999 on a different name, finally settling to Southern California Weather Authority in 2009.
What was SCWXA before a web site?: The site was a freeservers site. We had an email list sign up for the Inland Empire only and expanded to what you see today.
What does SCWXA stand for?: SCWXA stands for Southern California Weather Authority.
We have a NWS/NOAA network. Why SCWXA?: The SCWXA’s goal is not to completely take over the Southern California region in weather forecasting. If it happens, it will be the public’s choice who they trust. SCWXA, NWS, or local media. We don’t claim nor choose. We give the forecast, and get likes or dislikes.
We offer the service region wide because the NWS offices that cover the different sections of the Southern California region are not a whole. People can get alerts region wide incase they are traveling across the forecast zone.
Los Angeles NWS
Las Vegas NWS
San Diego NWS
NWS/NOAA issues watches. Why does SCWXA do this as well?: We don’t force the public to listen to us nor do we press it on them. We appreciate the ones that do. You see, the SCWXA weather watches are exactly like the NWS’ but one difference. The NWS has guidelines to issue the watches. The SCWXA does as well, however not as strict.
If the NWS does not issue a flood watch and SCWXA does, it will let the public know that something is being seen. Regardless, if the public wants to follow the SCWXA weather watches that is their decision to do so. SCWXA is there for the public and we are not forced by the government to worry if we get a forecast wrong the public will sue. You view and follow at your own risk.
If you stay at SCWXA for two weeks during an event and don’t like it, Leave. We don’t force you to stay nor is that the goal. If we save just one life during an event, it was all worth the lack of sleep we get to do this service.
The SCWXA issues many watches for the entire area. Why?: We issue watches based on micro-climate. Southern California has millions of people. Los Angeles is not the only place they reside like many news station go for. Always talking about the Downtown city areas..
If Fog is possible along the mountain community slopes, we will cover it. If a small section of the desert may have a flood problem. We will cover it. Even if animals don’t have computers, our goal is saving lives and if ONE person read a watch we had up and prepared…It’s all worth it.
SCWXA warning map can have up to 15 watches in the stronger storms that hit Southern California in the storm season from December – April. All watches pertain to micro-climates and they all are needed.
Southern California does not get tornadoes. Why does SCWXA issue watches?: On January of 2007, the SCWXA and NWS both issued a tornado warning for real-time tornadoes spotted via doppler. While the SCWXA believes these are not rare in this region, the NWS/SPC cannot issue tornado watches based on isolated events.
SCWXA forecasts can and will issue a tornado watch as we did 12 hours before the tornadoes hit in January of 2007. Our tornado watches are when conditions are most certainly right for tornadoes and we do not hesitate when conditions favor our region.
Does SCWXA have models?: The SCWXA works on formulas developed over a period of 9 years. These formulas work only in the regions they were designed for. We have Santa Ana Wind Gust Prediction, Thunderstorm Prediction, Frontal Zone Intensity Prediction, and a mess of others.
These enable us to see within the micro-climate regions of the forecast zone. Some models are available to the public, while others are used for directly forecasting here only.