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Service Change Notice 14-47
National Weather Service Headquarters Washington DC
350 PM EDT Thu Sep 18 2014

To:      Subscribers:
         -Family of Services
         -NOAA Weather Wire Service
         -Emergency Managers Weather Information Network
         -NOAAPORT
         Other NWS partners and NWS employees

From:    Eli Jacks
         Chief, Fire and Public Weather Services Branch

Subject: New Fire and Public Forecast Zones and Boundary
         Changes for Central and Northeast Maryland, Northern
         Virginia and the Blue Ridge of Virginia, effective
         December 3, 2014.

Effective Wednesday, December 3, 2014, at 800 AM Eastern Standard
Time (EST), 1300 Coordinated Universal Time (UTC), several
changes will be made to existing fire and public forecast zones
in central and northeast Maryland, Northern Virginia, and the
Blue Ridge of Virginia. These include:

Three existing fire and public forecast zones in central and
northeast Maryland will be split into six separate zones. The new
zones are shown below in Table 1.

The dividing line between two existing fire and public forecast
zones in northeast Maryland will be adjusted slightly to match
with the other six zones being implemented. These two existing
zones are Northern Baltimore (MDZ006) and Southern Baltimore
(MDZ011).

One existing fire and public forecast zone in Northern Virginia
will be split into two separate zones. The new zones are shown
below in Table 2.

The Blue Ridge of Virginia will be split off from the counties
that contain it. This will result in two separate new zones. The
new zones are shown below in Table 3.

In all cases above, both fire and public zones are identical to
each other in zone name, zone number and geographic extent.

A graphic depicting these changes is online at:

  http://nws.noaa.gov/om/public/zones-lwx.pdf

These zones are being changed to improve warning accuracy in
highly populated areas in central and northeast Maryland and
northern Virginia that have significant elevation differences
that affect weather. These changes will result in more
geographically precise forecast, watch and warning products for
the general public and will enhance web-based graphical product
consistency and appearance.

These zone changes require partners and users to take appropriate
action to receive the new zone products using the Universal
Generic Code (UGC) zone code format (Z) listed in Tables 1, 2,
and 3.

Products affected by this change are listed in Table 4. This list
of products may not be exhaustive and other products which
contain universal generic coding may also be affected.

TABLE 1. New Fire and Public Zone Names and Numbers. Central and
northeast Maryland.

OLD ZONE NAME  OLD UGC(Z)  NEW ZONE NAME             NEW UGC (Z)
-------------  ----------  -------------             -----------
HARFORD        MDZ007      SOUTHEAST HARFORD         MDZ508
                           NORTHWEST HARFORD         MDZ507

HOWARD         MDZ010      CENTRAL AND SOUTHEAST
                            HOWARD                   MDZ506
                           NORTHWEST HOWARD          MDZ505

MONTGOMERY     MDZ009      CENTRAL AND SOUTHEAST
                            MONTGOMERY               MDZ504
                           NORTHWEST MONTGOMERY      MDZ503

TABLE 2.  New Fire and Public Zone Names and Numbers. Northern
Virginia.

OLD ZONE NAME  OLD UGC(Z)  NEW ZONE NAME             NEW UGC (Z)
-------------  ----------  -------------             -----------
LOUDOUN        VAZ042      EASTERN LOUDOUN           VAZ506
                           WESTERN LOUDOUN           VAZ505

TABLE 3. New Fire and Public Zone Names and Numbers. Blue Ridge
of Virginia.

NEW ZONE NAME                  NEW UGC (Z)
-------------                  -----------
NORTHERN VIRGINIA BLUE RIDGE   VAZ507
CENTRAL VIRGINIA BLUE RIDGE    VAZ508


TABLE 4. WFO LWX Products affected by these changes:

PRODUCT NAME                   WMO HEADER      AWIPS ID
------------                   -----------     --------
SPECIAL WEATHER STATEMENT      WWUS81 KLWX     SPSLWX
HURRICANE LOCAL STATEMENT      WTUS81 KLWX     HLSLWX
ZONE FORECAST PRODUCT          FPUS51 KLWX     ZFPLWX
ENHANCED LOCAL FORECAST        FEUS71 KLWX     EOLLWX
SHORT TERM FORECAST            FPUS71 KLWX     NOWLWX
HAZARDOUS WEATHER OUTLOOK      FLUS41 KLWX     HWOLWX
NON-PRECIPITATION MESSAGE      WWUS71 KLWX     NPWLWX
WINTER WEATHER MESSAGE         WWUS41 KLWX     WSWLWX
AREA FORECAST MATRICES         FOUS51 KLWX     AFMLWX
FIRE WEATHER FORECAST          FNUS51 KLWX     FWFLWX
REGIONAL WEATHER STORY         AWUS81 KLWX     RWSLWX
FLOOD WATCH                    WGUS61 KLWX     FFALWX
HYDROLOGIC OUTLOOK             FGUS71 KLWX     ESFLWX
FIRE WEATHER WATCH             WWUS81 KLWX     RFWLWX
RED FLAG WARNING               WWUS81 KLWX     RFWLWX
PUBLIC INFORMATION STATEMENT   WOUS41 KLWX     PNSLWX
POINT FORECAST MATRICES        FOUS51 KLWX     PFMLWX
AREA FORECAST DISCUSSION       FXUS61 KLWX     AFDLWX
PRECIPITATION AND TEMPERATURE
 SUMMARY                       SXUS51 KLWX     HYDLWX
DAILY RIVER AND LAKE SUMMARY   FGUS51 KLWX     RVDLWX
HYDROLOGIC STATEMENT           FGUS81 KLWX     RVSLWX
HYDROLOGIC SUMMARY             SRUS41 KLWX     RVALWX
AIR QUALITY ALERT              AEUS71 KLWX     AQALWX
AIR QUALITY FORECAST           AEUS71 KLWX     AQILWX

If you are affected by these changes, take the appropriate action
so your system(s) recognize the new zone (Z) Universal Geographic
Codes (UGC) and the new zone alignments.

An updated public zone shapefile is online at:

  http://www.weather.gov/geodata/catalog/wsom/html/pubzone.htm

An updated fire zone shapefile is online at:

  http://www.weather.gov/geodata/catalog/wsom/html/firezone.htm

The proposed changes to the LWX zone boundaries have been closely
coordinated with local partners and users to be ready for
implementation on December 3 2014.

For more information, please contact:

  Christopher Strong                   John Koch
  Warning Coordination Meteorologist   Public Program Leader
  NWS Baltimore/Washington             NWS Eastern Region HQ
  Sterling VA 20166                    Bohemia NY 11716
  703-996-2223                         631-244-0104
  christopher.strong@noaa.gov          john.koch@noaa.gov

National Service Change notices are online at:

  http://www.weather.gov/os/notif.htm

$$




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Service Change Notice 14-48
National Weather Service Headquarters Washington DC
350 PM EDT Thu Sep 18 2014

To:        Subscribers:
          -Family of Services
          -NOAA Weather Wire Service
          -Emergency Managers Weather Information Network
          -NOAAPORT
          Other NWS Partners, Users and Employees

From:     Eli Jacks
          Chief, Fire and Public Weather Services Branch
          Ernie Wells
          Acting Chief, Hydro Services Branch

Subject:  Service Transfer of Cheshire and Hillsborough Counties
          to the Gray, Maine, NWS Weather Forecast Office,
          Effective December 3, 2014

Effective Wednesday, December 3, 2014, at 800 AM Eastern Standard
Time (EST), 1300 Coordinated Universal Time (UTC), NWS will
transfer all warning and forecast responsibility for Cheshire and
Hillsborough counties, NH, to the NWS Weather Forecast Office
(WFO) in Gray, ME, (GYX), from WFO Taunton, MA (BOX). This
transfer will enable more efficient service.

Partners and users must take appropriate action to receive the
products listed in the tables below using the new communication
headers shown below. This list of products is not exhaustive.
Other products that contain universal generic coding may also be
affected.

Table 1:  Counties to be transferred to WFO GYX from WFO BOX

County Name    UGC County (C) Code     UGC Zone (Z) Code
-----------    -------------------     -----------------
Cheshire               NHC005                  NHZ011

Western and
 Central Hillsborough  NHC011                  NHZ015

Eastern Hillsborough   NHC011                  NHZ012

Table 2:  Short-Fused Warning Products (UGC  C)

PRODUCT             WMO HEADING             AWIPS ID
-------             -----------             --------
TORNADO WARNING     (NEW)  WFUS51 KGYX      TORGYX
                   *(OLD)  WFUS51 KBOX      TORBOX*

SEVERE THUNDER-     (NEW)  WUUS51 KGYX      SVRGYX
  STORM WARNING    *(OLD)  WUUS51 KBOX      SVRBOX*

FLASH FLOOD         (NEW)  WGUS51 KGYX      FFWGYX
  WARNING          *(OLD)  WGUS51 KBOX      FFWBOX*

SEVERE WEATHER      (NEW)  WWUS51 KGYX      SVSGYX
  STATEMENT        *(OLD)  WWUS51 KBOX      SVSBOX*

FLASH FLOOD         (NEW)  WGUS71 KGYX      FFSGYX
  STATEMENT        *(OLD)  WGUS71 KBOX      FFSBOX*

CIVIL EMERGENCY     (NEW)  WOUS41 KGYX      CEMGYX
  MESSAGE          *(OLD)  WOUS41 KBOX      CEMBOX*

Table 3:  Long-fused products and products related to short-fused
products listed in table 2 (UGC  Z)

PRODUCT             WMO HEADING             AWIPS ID
-------             -----------             --------
ZONE FORECAST       (NEW)  FPUS51 KGYX      ZFPGYX
  PRODUCT          *(OLD)  FPUS51 KBOX      ZFPBOX*

FLASH FLOOD         (NEW)  WGUS61 KGYX      FFAGYX
  WATCH            *(OLD)  WGUS61 KBOX      FFABOX*

NON-PRECIPITATION   (NEW)  WWUS71 KGYX      NPWGYX
  WATCH/WARNING/   *(OLD)  WWUS41 KBOX      NPWBOX*
    ADVISORY

SPECIAL WEATHER     (NEW)  WWUS81 KGYX      SPSGYX
  STATEMENT        *(OLD)  WWUS81 KBOX      SPSBOX*

PUBLIC              (NEW)  NOUS41 KGYX      PNSGYX
  INFORMATION      *(OLD)  NOUS41 KBOX      PNSBOX*
    STATEMENT

LOCAL STORM         (NEW)  NWUS51 KGYX      LSRGYX
  REPORT           *(OLD)  NWUS51 KBOX      LSRBOX*

Hydrologic Service Area (HSA) responsibilities for the river
forecast locations in the affected counties also will change. NWS
will transfer the responsibility for issuing river
statements/summaries and flood watches/warnings/statements from
WFO BOX to WFO GYX:

On the Connecticut River, for North Walpole (WLPN3)
On the Souhegan River, for Merrimack (SOHN3)
On the Merrimack River, for Goffs Falls (GOFN3) and Nashua
(NSHN3)
On the Contoocook River, for Petersborough (PTRN3).
On the Piscataquog River, for Goffstown (GFFN3).

Table 4:  River Products issued for the above mentioned locations

PRODUCT             WMO HEADING             AWIPS ID
-------             -----------             --------
FLOOD STATEMENT     (NEW)  WGUS81 KGYX      FLSGYX
                   *(OLD)  WGUS81 KBOX      FLSBOX*

FLOOD WARNING       (NEW)  WGUS41 KGYX      FLWGYX
                   *(OLD)  WGUS41 KBOX      FLWBOX*

FLOOD WATCH         (NEW)  WGUS61 KGYX      FFAGYX
                   *(OLD)  WGUS61 KBOX      FFABOX*

RIVER STATEMENT     (NEW)  FGUS81 KGYX      RVSGYX
                   *(OLD)  FGUS81 KBOX      RVSBOX*

HYDROLOGIC OUTLOOK  (NEW)  FGUS71 KGYX      ESFGYX
                   *(OLD)  FGUS71 KBOX      ESFBOX*

RIVER STAGE         (NEW)  FGUS51 KTAR      RVFGYX
  FORECAST         *(OLD)  FGUS51 KTAR      RVFBOX

HYDROLOGIC          (NEW)  SXUS51 KGYX      HYDGYX
  OBSERVATIONS     *(OLD)  SXUS51 KBOX      HYDBOX*

DAILY RIVER AND     (NEW)  FGUS51 KGYX      RVDGYX
  LAKE SUMMARY     *(OLD)  FGUS51 KBOX      RVDBOX*

MAX/MIN             (NEW)  ASUS61 KGYX      RTPGYX
  TEMPERATURE AND  *(NEW)  ASUS61 KBOX      RTPBOX*
  PRECIPITATION
  TABLE

Products marked with an asterisk (*) will continue to be issued
by WFO BOX but will no longer contain warning and forecast
information for Cheshire and Hillsborough Counties, NH.

Table 5:  Products issued for the Manchester-Boston Regional
Airport in Manchester, NH (KMHT)

Product                  WMO Heading            AWIPS ID
-------                  -----------            --------
Terminal Aerodrome (NEW) FTUS41 KGYX            TAFMHT
  Forecast (OLD)         FTUS41 KBOX            TAFMHT

Airport Weather (NEW)    WWUS81 KGYX            AWWMHT
  Warning (OLD)          WWUS81 KBOX            AWWMHT

In addition, the TAF will be remain in the existing TAF
collectives below, which are transmitted to FAA personnel and
other external customers.

WMO Headings       Available to the following customers
___________        _______________________________________

FTUS80 KWBC        Non-FAA Domestic and Family of Services

FTUS90 KWBC        FAA Weather Message Switching Center and
                    FAA Facilities

FTUS52 KWBC        Global Telecommunication System Customers

Holders of NWS Procedural Instruction 10-813 (Terminal Aerodrome
Forecasts) should make appropriate additions to the appendices.

Updated service area shapefiles are online at:

  http://www.nws.noaa.gov/geodata/catalog/wsom/html/pubzone.htm

  http://www.nws.noaa.gov/geodata/catalog/wsom/html/firezone.htm

  http://www.nws.noaa.gov/geodata/catalog/county/html/county.htm

  http://www.nws.noaa.gov/geodata/catalog/wsom/html/cwa.htm

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

For more information, please contact:

  Robert Thompson                    Hendricus Lulofs
  Meteorologist in Charge            Meteorologist in Charge
  NWS Taunton MA 02780               NWS Gray ME 04039
  Phone: 508-823-1900                Phone: 207-688-3221
  Robert.Thompson@noaa.gov           Hendricus.Lulofs@Noaa.Gov

National Service Change Notices are online at:

  http://www.weather.gov/os/notif.htm

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