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Appendix 3: Sample Narrative and Tabular Fire Weather Forecast Formats

The following examples provide guidelines to routine fire weather forecast formats. Excluding sections identified as required elements, forecast formats from various offices will vary slightly from these two general formats.

Narrative Format

	FNUS55 KMSO  DDHHMM
	FWFMSO

	FIRE WEATHER FORECAST FOR WESTERN MONTANA
	NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE MISSOULA MONTANA
	9 AM MDT THU JUL 10 2001

	...HEADLINE...
		(REQUIRED for Red Flag Warnings and Fire Weather Watches....brief 
		significant feature(s) at other times recommended)

	.DISCUSSION...
		(concise, clear, non-technical explanation of the 
		current/forecasted fire  weather)
		 
	UGC/FIPS CODING
	GEOGRAPHICAL DESCRIPTORS
		(including counties or other land management governing units and/or 
		optional fire weather zone numbers)

	...RED FLAG WARNING/FIRE WEATHER WATCH HEADLINE... 
		(as needed in each appropriate zone grouping) 

	.TODAY
	    SKY/WEATHER/POP...
	    MAX TEMPERATURE...
 	    24 HR TREND:
	    MIN HUMIDITY...
 	    24 HR TREND:
	    WIND - 20 FT/10-min avg
	       (slope/valley...general wind...etc.)
	       (ridge top...etc)                    

	LOCAL OPTIONAL ELEMENTS...
		(transport winds, mixing heights, LAL, Haines, etc.)
	
	.TONIGHT
	SKY/WEATHER...
	MIN TEMPERATURE...
	MAX HUMIDITY...
	WIND - 20 FT/10-min avg
	   (slope/valley...general wind...etc.)
	   (ridge top...etc)

	LOCAL OPTIONAL ELEMENTS...
		(transport winds, mixing heights, LAL, Haines, etc.)                

	.SATURDAY (following day)
	SKY/WEATHER...
	MAX TEMPERATURE...
	MIN HUMIDITY...
	WIND - 20 FT/10-min avg
	   (slope/valley...general wind...etc.)
	   (ridge top...etc)

	LOCAL OPTIONAL ELEMENTS...
		(transport winds, mixing heights, LAL, Haines, etc.)

	=
	$$

	[forecast for next geographical descriptor and/or fire weather zone group]

	=
	$$

	.EXTENDED FORECAST... (include weather elements per locally-established policy)
	.SUNDAY...	 
	.MONDAY...
	.TUESDAY...
	.WEDNESDAY...
	.THURSDAY...

	NAME (Optional)

	NNNN
	=
	$$
Tabular Format

	FNUS55 KTBW DDHHMM
	FWFTBW 

	FIRE WEATHER FORECAST FOR WEST-CENTRAL FLORIDA
	NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE TAMPA BAY/RUSKIN FL
	300 PM EST TUE JAN 1 2001
	
	...HEADLINE...
		(REQUIRED for Red Flag Warnings and Fire Weather Watches....brief 
			significant feature(s) at other times recommended)

	.DISCUSSION...
		(concise, clear, non-technical explanation of the current/forecasted
			fire weather)

	FLZ034>038-021500-
	LEVY CITRUS HERNANDO SUMTER PASCO (Geographic Descriptors)
	300 PM EST DAY TUE JAN 1 2001
	
				TONIGHT		WED		WED NIGHT	THURSDAY
				--------	--------	---------	--------
	CLOUD COVER		CLOUDY		PCLDY		PCLDY		CLEAR
	PRECIP CHANCE		100%		30%		30%		0%	
	PRECIP TYPE		TSHWR		FRZ RAIN	SNOW/RAIN	NONE
	TEMP (24H TREND)	70 (+4)   	30 (-40)	25		45
	RH % (24H TREND)	100 (+20)	55 (-10)	80		45
	20FT WND MPH(VALLEY)	W 15		N 20		N 7		N 12
	20FT WND MPH(RIDGE)	W 20G30		N 25		NW 12		N 30
	PRECIP DURATION		6		3
	PRECIP BEGIN		6 PM		6 AM
	PRECIP END		6 AM		2 PM
	PRECIP AMOUNT		0.50		0.10
	LAL			5		1
	HAINES INDEX (LOW)	4		2
	HAINED INDEX (MID)	4		3
	MIXING HGT (AGL)	10000		3500
	TRANSPORT WIND(KTS)	W 17		N 17
	VENT RATE  (KT-FT)	17,000		5,700
	DISPERSION     		EXLNT		FAIR
	SUNSHINE HOURS		3		6
	(OTHER LCL OPTIONS)	???		???

	REMARKS...STRONG COLD FRONTAL PASSAGE WILL SHIFT WINDS TO NORTHERLY LATE
	TONIGHT.

	.FORECAST FOR FRI-SUN...


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