Transfer of Hydrologic Services for the Western Atchafalaya River Basin to Weather Forecast Office Lake Charles, LA Effective February 05, 2014

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Service Change Notice 11-39

National Weather Service Headquarters Washington DC

237 PM EST Fri Dec 2 2011

TO:       Subscribers

         -Family of Services

         -NOAA Weather Wire Service

         -Emergency Managers Weather Information Network

         -NOAAPORT

         Other NWS partners and employees


FROM:     Mary Mullusky

          Chief, Hydrologic Services Branch


SUBJECT:  Transfer of Hydrologic Services for the Western Atchafalaya River Basin to Weather Forecast Office Lake Charles, LA Effective February 05, 2014


Effective Wednesday February 05, 2014, at 12:00 PM Central Standard Time (CST), 1800 Coordinated Universal Time (UTC), hydrologic service responsibility for river forecast locations in St. Mary, St. Martin, Iberia, St. Landry, and Avoyelles Parishes will be transferred to the Weather Forecast Office in Lake Charles, LA (WFO LCH) from the WFO in Slidell, LA (WFO LIX). This transfer will include the river forecast point locations given in Table 1.  

These changes will align Hydrologic Service Areas and Parish Warning Areas to enable more efficient service.   


Because of this transfer, customers must take appropriate action to receive the products listed in Table 2 for the Atchafalaya River forecast points in St. Mary, St. Martin, Iberia, St. Landry, and Avoyelles Parishes using the LCH identifier.


Updated hydrologic service area shapefiles are online at:

 http://www.weather.gov/geodata/catalog/hydro/html/hsa.htm


Table 1. River forecast points transferring to WFO Lake Charles.


FORECAST                              PARISH         IDENTIFIER

POINT                                                

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Atchafalaya River at Simmesport       Avoyelles      SMML1

Atchafalaya River at Melville         St. Landry     MLVL1

Atchafalaya River at Krotz Springs    St. Landry     KRZL1

Atchafalaya River above Butte La Rose St. Martin     BLRL1

Atchafalaya River at Grand Lake       St. Mary       GNDL1

Atchafalaya River at Morgan City      St. Mary       MCGL1




Table 2. Products affected by this change for the Atchafalaya River in Louisiana.  Headers referred to as new are existing headers that will be used after the transfer.


PRODUCT WMO HEADING AWIPS ID

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Flood Watch   /NEW/ WGUS64 KLCH  /NEW/ FFALCH

  * /OLD/ WGUS64 KLIX * /OLD/ FFALIX


Flood Warning   /NEW/ WGUS44 KLCH  /NEW/ FLWLCH

* /OLD/ WGUS44 KLIX * /OLD/ FLWLIX


Flood Statement   /NEW/ WGUS84 KLCH  /NEW/ FLSLCH

* /OLD/ WGUS84 KLIX * /OLD/ FLSLIX


Daily River and    /NEW/ FGUS54 KLCH  /NEW/ RVDLCH

Lake Summary * /OLD/ FGUS54 KLIX * /OLD/ RVDLIX


Hydrologic    /NEW/ FGUS74 KLCH    /NEW/ ESFLCH

Outlook         * /OLD/ FGUS74 KLIX * /OLD/ ESFLIX


* These old products will continue to exist, but will cover locations and areas other than those in the western Atchafalaya River basin locations of Louisiana.  


If you have any questions, you may contact:

  Kenneth Graham

Meteorologist-in-Charge

NWS New Orleans/Baton Rouge, LA

62300 Airport Road

Slidell, LA  70460-6243

(985) 649-0429 or (504) 522-7330   

     Kenneth.graham@noaa.gov


Andrew Patrick

Meteorologist-in-Charge

NWS Lake Charles, LA

500 Airport Blvd. #115

Lake Charles, LA  70607-0669

(337) 477-5285

Andy.patrick@noaa.gov


National Service Change Notices are online at:


http://www.nws.noaa.gov/om/notif.htm



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