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Public Information Statement PNS16-41 Corrected

National Weather Service Headquarters Washington DC

153 PM EST Tue Dec 6 2016


To:         Subscribers:

            -NOAA Weather Wire Service

            -Emergency Managers Weather Information Network


            Other NWS Partners and NWS Employees


From:       Tim Oram

            Acting Chief, Marine, Tropical and Tsunami Services



Subject:    Corrected: Soliciting Comments on Proposed Changes to the 

            Hurricane Local Statement (HLS) from Weather

            Forecast Office (WFO) Honolulu (HFO) Through

            January 6, 2017


Corrected to identify WFO Honolulu as HFO.


Effective immediately and continuing through January 6, 2017,

the National Weather Service (NWS) is seeking user feedback on

proposed changes to the HLS issued by WFO HFO during the 2017

hurricane season.


WFO HFO proposes to issue the HLS product in the same format as

those issued for the Atlantic hurricane basin during the 2015

and 2016 hurricane seasons on an operational basis.


The following changes to the HLS were operationally implemented

in 2015 for the Atlantic Hurricane basin:


1. The HLS is a non-segmented product - No Universal

   Geographical Code (UGC).

2. No Valid Time Event Codes (VTEC).

3. Succinct meteorological discussion, impact and preparedness

   product for land areas only.  Product is intended for

   emergency managers, public and media.


Additional information on UGC and VTEC can be found in NWS

Instruction (NWSI) 10-1701 and NWSI 10-1703 respectively.  These

directives are available online at:


An example of the HLS format proposed to be issued by WFO HFO

beginning in the 2017 hurricane season can be found at:



If this change becomes operational, the HLS will no longer be

the disseminating mechanism for land-based tropical cyclone

watches and warnings for WFO HFO. Feedback is currently being

solicited on implementing the Hurricane Local Watch/Warning

product (TCV)(operational at WFOs in the Atlantic Hurricane

basin) as the new mechanism for issuing tropical

watches/warnings at WFO HFO in 2017 at this survey:


These proposed changes are already operational at NWS Atlantic

basin WFOs.  For further details, please see Service Change

Notice 14-66:


Feedback on the new HLS format will be accepted via electronic

survey at the following link:


If you have any questions on the proposed changes, please



Jessica Schauer

NWS Marine, Tropical and Tsunami Services Branch

National Hurricane Center

Miami, FL 33165

Telephone: 305-229-4476



Wayne Presnell

NWS Marine, Tropical and Tsunami Services Branch

Silver Spring, MD  20910

Telephone: 301-427-9390



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