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Public Information Statement
National Weather Service Headquarters Washington DC
835 AM EDT Mon Oct 20 2014

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

From:        David Soroka
             Acting Chief, Marine and Coastal Services Branch

Subject:     Soliciting Comments on an Experimental Hurricane
             Local Watch/Warning Product through
             November 21, 2014

Reference:Soliciting Comments on Proposed Changes to the
Hurricane Local Statement issued October 20, 2014

Effective immediately and continuing through November 21, 2014,
the NWS is seeking user feedback on an experimental Hurricane
Local Watch/Warning Product for the Atlantic hurricane basin.

The experimental Hurricane Local Watch/Warning Product is a
segmented, automated product, with each segment being a discrete
zone containing tropical cyclone watches/warnings in effect,
meteorological information, hazards (rain, storm surge, wind,
tornadoes) and their potential impacts, and preparedness
information issued at the Weather Forecast Office (WFO) level.
This product is to be used for parsing by the weather
enterprise. The product will contain Universal Geographic Code
(UGC) and the following Valid Time Event Codes (VTEC):

TR.A - Tropical Storm Watch
TR.W - Tropical Storm Warning
HU.A - Hurricane Watch
HU.W - Hurricane Warning

This product is meant to be paired with the WFO Hurricane Local
Statement (HLS) to provide the complete localized tropical
forecast from each WFO. For changes proposed to the HLS for
2015, please see Public Information Statement on Soliciting
Comments on Proposed Changes to the Hurricane Local Statement
issued Oct 20, 2014 at:

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

Additional information on UGC and VTEC can be found in NWS
Instruction (NWSI) 10-1701 and NWSI 10-1703 respectively:

  http://www.nws.noaa.gov/directives/010/010.htm

This proposed change to the Hurricane Local Watch/Warning
Product is part of several changes proposed to NWS Tropical
Cyclone products for 2015. These changes include:

- Transitioning the Hurricane Local Watch/Warning Product
from experimental to operational, at which time, the
product will become the WFO flagship product for
disseminating tropical cyclone watches and warnings.
Currently, WFOs disseminate this information through the
HLS for the Atlantic hurricane basin when a tropical
cyclone affects its County/Parish Warning Area.

- Issuing tropical cyclone watches and warnings for marine
zones under a WFOs area of responsibility through the
Marine Weather Warning (MWW) and not the Hurricane Local
Watch/Warning Product or HLS

The HLS will become a succinct overview and preparedness product
to be used by emergency managers, public and media. For changes
proposed to the HLS for 2015, please see the Public Information
Statement on Soliciting Comments on Proposed Changes to the
Hurricane Local Statement referenced above.

A complete list of WFOs that would issue the Hurricane Local
Watch/Warning Statement for the Atlantic hurricane basin can be
found at:

      http://www.nws.noaa.gov/om/marine/pns/WFOs-affected.pdf

A Product Description Document can be found at:

      https://products.weather.gov/PDD/PDD WFO TCV_rev.pdf

The experimental Hurricane Local Watch/Warning Product will not
be disseminated for an actual event during the remainder of the
2014 Atlantic Hurricane Season.  However, a static example can
be found at:

               http://www.nws.noaa.gov/om/marine/pns/TCV-example.pdf

Please provide feedback on this example at:

http://www.nws.noaa.gov/survey/nws-survey.php?code=HLWWEXP

For questions regarding this notice, please contact:

John Kuhn
NWS Marine and Coastal Weather Services Branch
Silver Spring, MD  20910
Telephone:  301-713-1677 X121
Email: John.F.Kuhn@noaa.gov

National Public Information Statements are online at:

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

$$





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