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Public Information Statement 16-03

National Weather Service Headquarters Washington DC

330 PM EST Fri Feb 05 2016


To:       Subscribers:

          - NOAA Weather Wire Service

          - Emergency Managers Weather Information Network

          - NOAAPORT

          Other NWS partners and NWS employees


From:     Eli Jacks

          Acting Chief, Severe, Fire, Public and Winter

           Services Branch


Subject:  Change to the Name of the Recreational Report

          (RECAFG) from Mount McKinley Recreational Forecast to

          Denali Recreational Forecast Effective on or about

          April 20, 2016


Effective with the first calendar year 2016 issuance of the

RECAFG (on or about Wednesday, April 20, 2016, at 600 AM Alaska

Daylight Time (AKDT), 1400 Coordinated Universal Time (UTC))

the NWS Weather Forecast Office (WFO) in Fairbanks, AK, will

change the name of the Recreational Report from the Mount

McKinley Recreational Forecast to the Denali Recreational

Forecast. There is no change to the WMO Header (SXAK49 PAFG),

AWIPS ID (RECAFG) or the format of the NWS product.


The product name will be changed to match the official name

change of Mount McKinley to Mount Denali. The U.S. Secretary of

the Interior issued the Secretarial Order that officially

changed the name on August 28, 2015. Denali is the tallest

mountain on the North American continent and has an official

height of 20,310 feet above sea level. Denali is the

traditional Koyukon Athabascan name for the mountain. Denali is

located within Denali National Park and Preserve, AK.


The first recreational report of the season is usually issued

in late April or early May of each year. This product is

available on the web at:


For more information, please contact:


John Lingaas

Warning Coordination Meteorologist

NWS WFO Fairbanks

Fairbanks, AK

(907) 458-3712



Ed Townsend

Marine/Public/Severe Program Manager (Detail)

NWS Alaska Region Headquarters

Anchorage, AK 99513


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