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graphic display for the NWS Fire Spread Index. The latter depicts the fire spread rate in feet per minute for cured grasses.


The site also serves as a comprehensive source for state and national fire and ice resources. More than 30 external links are available to the public to learn more about weather-related issues and guidelines as well as disaster relief organizations.


Further research of the SPIA Index by external organizations is encour-


aged. The index developers assert all research regarding extreme winter storm events—such as ice storms—will play an important role in how the SPIA Index is applied and used.


Sid Sperry, SPIA Index co-developer and communications director for the Oklahoma Association of Electric Cooperatives (OAEC), said, “Just as the Fujita Scale—which measures the intensity of tornadoes—has been re- vised to reflect better examinations of tornado damage surveys, so, too, could the SPIA Index be revised in the future based on more advanced research findings.”


According to Sperry, the SPIA Index is available to all at no charge be- cause the forecast data incorporated into the ice damage prediction algo- rithm is publicly available through the NWS and the parent organization, the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration. “Since that data is intended for ‘the greater good’ of the public, the cre- ators of the Index also viewed its use as being vital to the safety and welfare of all those who could be impacted by severe ice storms,” Sperry said. Organizations may become a “licensed partner” through the site for free in order to use the SPIA Index in their daily operations, including citation and linkage on company websites and printed materials. Licensed partners include OAEC, NWS, Oklahoma Emergency Management and the Applied Engineering Management Corporation. To view the SPIA Index or to become a licensed partner, visit www.spia- index.com.


To learn more, visit www.spia-index.com


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