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Service Change Notice 11-16

National Weather Service Headquarters Washington DC

224 PM EDT Mon Mar 28 2011


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:  Implementation of Improved Fire and Public Weather

          Forecasts for Southeast Texas Effective August 4, 2011


Effective Thursday, August 4, 2011, at 100 pm Central Daylight

Time (CDT), 1800 Coordinated Universal Time (UTC), the NWS

Weather Forecast Office (WFO) in Lake Charles, Louisiana (LCH)

will reconfigure its current fire and public weather forecast

zones for Jasper (TXZ181) County and Newton (TXZ182) County in

southeast Texas .


This reconfiguration will provide better fire and public

forecast services by splitting each of these counties into

separate northern and southern forecast zones.  This change is

being made because of the large meteorological, climatological

and geographical differences from north to south.


The fire and public weather forecast zones for Jasper (TXZ181)

County will be split to form Northern Jasper (TXZ259) and

Southern Jasper (TXZ261). Newton (TXZ182) County will be

split to form Northern Newton (TXZ260) and Southern Newton

(TXZ262). This split will account for tropical cyclone, fire

weather and winter weather impacts that only affect one portion

of these counties and not the other.


These fire and public zone changes require users to take

appropriate action to receive the new zone products using the

Universal Generic Code (UGC) zone code format(Z) in Table 1.


TABLE 1: New Fire and Public Zone Configuration Identifiers



  ZONE NAME                         ZONE NAME

---------------     ------     --------------------     ------

NORTHERN JASPER     TXZ259         JASPER               TXZ181

SOUTHERN JASPER     TXZ261         JASPER               TXZ181

NORTHERN NEWTON     TXZ260         NEWTON               TXZ182

SOUTHERN NEWTON     TXZ262         NEWTON               TXZ182


Detail regarding why these fire and public zone changes are being made, graphical depictions of the current and new fire and public zones, and a table of WFO LCH affected products are online at:


Updated fire and public weather forecast zone shapefiles are

online at:



For more information, please contact:


Andy Patrick                    Melinda Bailey

Meteorologist-in-Charge         Public/Marine Meteorologist

WFO Lake Charles                NWS Southern Region Headquarters

Lake Charles LA 70607            Fort Worth TX 76102

337-477-5285                    817-978-1100 X107      


National Service Change Notices are online at: