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Service Change Notice 12‑08

Nation Weather Service Headquarters Washington DC

340 PM EST Tue Feb 14 2012

 

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:  Changes to the Fire Weather Forecast Service Programs

          at the NWS Weather Forecast Offices in Des Moines, IA,

          and Davenport, IA, Effective March 15, 2012

 

Effective Thursday, March 15, 2012, at 0001 Coordinated Universal Time (UTC), the NWS Weather Forecast Offices (WFO) in Des Moines (DMX), IA and Davenport (DVN), IA, will change their issuing suite of fire weather forecast products for their respective county warning areas of responsibility. The following products will be issued by WFO DMX and WFO DVN:

 

Table 1:  WFO DMX and WFO DVN Fire Weather Products Effective March 15, 2012

 

Product Name                          WMO Heading      AWIPS ID

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

Fire Weather Planning Forecast        FNUS53 KDMX      FWFDMX

 

Site-Specific (Spot) Forecast         FNUS73 KDMX      FWSDMX

 

Fire Weather Watch/Red Flag Warning   WWUS83 KDMX      RFWDMX

 

Fire Weather Planning Forecast        FNUS53 KDVN      FWFDVN

 

Site-Specific (Spot) Forecast         FNUS73 KDVN      FWSDVN

 

Fire Weather Watch/Red Flag Warning   WWUS83 KDVN      RFWDVN

 

DMX and DVN currently issue Site-Specific (Spot) Forecasts (FWSDMX and FWSDVN).  These forecasts will continue as part of WFO DMX’s and DVN’s fire weather forecast product suite; however, both DMX and DVN will discontinue their Grassland Fire Danger Product (RFDDMX and RFDDVN) on March 15, 2012.  Information regarding grassland fire danger will be included in the new Fire Weather Planning Forecasts (FWFDMX and FWFDVN). The fire weather planning forecasts will provide each county in WFO DMX and WFO DVN areas of responsibility with a fire weather forecast. A list of the counties involved and the zone number of each county is online from the NWS Management Information Retrieval System at:

 

    http://www.nws.noaa.gov/mirs/

 

Because no changes to fire weather forecast zones are being made, current and future fire weather zone shapefiles will have the correct zones for WFO DMX and DVN.  Fire weather forecast zone shapefiles are available online at:

 

    www.nws.noaa.gov/geodata/catalog/wsom/html/firezone.htm

 

Partners and users of these products will need to add the above product headers/identifiers to their communications systems to receive these NWS products:

 

If you have any questions, please contact:

 

    Brenda Brock

    National Weather Service – Des Moines

    Meteorologist-in-Charge

    Johnston, IA 50131

    brenda.brock@noaa.gov

or

    Stephan Kuhl

    National Weather Service – Quad Cities

    Meteorologist-in-Charge

    Davenport, IA 52806

    stephan.kuhl@noaa.gov

 

National Service Change Notices are online at:

 

    http://www.weather.gov/os/notif.htm

 

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