NOUS42 KMLB 101824
PNSMLB

PUBLIC INFORMATION STATEMENT
NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE MELBOURNE FL
124 PM EST THU FEB 10 2011

TO:      FEDERAL...STATE AND LOCAL LAND MANAGEMENT AGENCIES...
         EMERGENCY MANAGEMENT OFFICIALS...
         NEWS MEDIA AND OTHER USERS

SUBJECT: CHANGE TO (FIRE WEATHER) RED FLAG WARNING AND FIRE WEATHER
         WATCH ISSUANCE CRITERIA EFFECTIVE MARCH 3 2011

IN COOPERATION WITH THE FLORIDA DIVISION OF FORESTRY...THE US FOREST
SERVICE AND OTHER FIRE WEATHER USERS THE CRITERIA FOR RED FLAG
WARNINGS AND FIRE WEATHER WATCHES WILL CHANGE AT 1200 AM EST MARCH 3
2011.

THE NEW CRITERIA FOR RED FLAG WARNINGS AND FIRE WEATHER WATCHES WILL
BE AS FOLLOWS:

1. 4 CONSECUTIVE HOURS OF FORECAST RELATIVE HUMIDITY LESS THAN 35
PERCENT    AND
2. FORECAST ENERGY RELEASE COMPONENT (ERC) 35 OR GREATER    OR

1. FORECAST RELATIVE HUMIDITY LESS THAN 35 PERCENT    AND
2. FORECAST 20 FOOT SUSTAINED WIND SPEED IN EXCESS OF 15 MPH.    OR

1. FORECAST RELATIVE HUMIDITY LESS THAN 35 PERCENT    AND
2. FORECAST LAVDAS DISPERSION INDEX 75 OR GREATER.

IN ADDITION..."FIRE DANGER STATEMENTS" /MIARFDMLB/ FOR FORECAST FIRE
WEATHER CONDITIONS APPROACHING BUT NOT EXCEEDING RED FLAG WARNING
CRITERIA WILL BE ISSUED FOR THE FOLLOWING CONDITIONS:

1. 4 CONSECUTIVE HOURS OF FORECAST RELATIVE HUMIDITY LESS THAN 35
PERCENT    AND
2. FORECAST ENERGY RELEASE COMPONENT (ERC) 30 TO 34     OR

1. FORECAST RELATIVE HUMIDITY LESS THAN 35 PERCENT    AND
2. FORECAST 20 FOOT WIND GUSTS IN EXCESS OF 15 MPH.

WMO HEADER/AWIPS ID OF THE FIRE DANGER STATEMENT WILL BE AS FOLLOWS:

PRODUCT NAME:                      WMO HEADER       AWIPS ID

FIRE DANGER STATEMENT              FNUS64 KMLB      MIARFDMLB

FOR FURTHER INFORMATION...PLEASE CONTACT THE NATIONAL WEATHER
SERVICE:

SCOTT SPRATT                          JOHN PENDERGRAST
WARNING COORDINATION METEOROLOGIST    FIRE WEATHER PROGRAM MANAGER
NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE              NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE
421 CROTON RD.                        421 CROTON RD.
MELBOURNE FL 32935                    MELBOURNE FL 32935
321-255-0212                          321-255-0212
SCOTT.SPRATT@NOAA.GOV                 JOHN.PENDERGRAST@NOAA.GOV

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JP

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