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Service Change Notice 12-28

National Weather Service Headquarters Washington DC

1050 AM EDT Tue Aug 7 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: New Fire and Public Forecast Zones and Boundary

         Changes for Southeastern Pennsylvania, effective

         December 4, 2012.

 

Effective Tuesday, December 4, 2012, at 1800 Coordinated

Universal Time (UTC), 100 PM EST, three existing fire and public

forecast zones in southeastern Pennsylvania will be split into

six separate zones. The new zones are shown below in Table 1. 

Both fire and public zones are identical to each other in zone

name, zone number and geographic extent.

 

A graphic depicting these changes is online at:

 

  http://www.nws.noaa.gov/om/fire/phi_zones.pdf

 

These zones are being changed to improve forecast accuracy in the

urban versus suburban areas of southeastern Pennsylvania, and to

better represent the differences in climatology associated with

elevation increases from south to north. These changes will

result in more geographically precise forecast, watch and warning

products for the general public and will enhance Web-based

graphical product consistency and appearance.

 

These zone changes require partners and users to take appropriate

action to receive the new zone products using the Universal

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

Products affected by this change are listed in Table 2.

 

TABLE 1.  New Fire and Public Zone Names and Numbers

 

OLD ZONE NAME    OLD UGC(Z)  NEW ZONE NAME       NEW UGC (Z)

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

CHESTER          PAZ067      WESTERN CHESTER     PAZ101

                             EASTERN CHESTER     PAZ102

MONTGOMERY       PAZ068      WESTERN MONTGOMERY  PAZ103

                             EASTERN MONTGOMERY  PAZ104

BUCKS            PAZ069      UPPER BUCKS         PAZ105

                             LOWER BUCKS         PAZ106

 

TABLE 2.    WFO PHI Products affected by these changes:

 

PRODUCT NAME                  AWIPS ID           WMO HEADER

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

AREA FORECAST MATRICES        AFMPHI             FOUS51 KPHI

COASTAL HAZARD MESSAGE        CFWPHI             WHUS41 KPHI

DAILY RIVER SUMMARY           RVDPHI             FGUS51 KPHI

HYDROLOGIC OUTLOOK            ESFPHI             FGUS71 KPHI

HYDROLOGIC SUMMARY            RVAPHI             SRUS41 KPHI

HYDROLOGIC STATEMENT          RVSPHI             FGUS81 KPHI

FIRE WEATHER FORECAST         FWFPHI             FNUS51 KPHI

FLASH FLOOD WAT               FFAPHI             WGUS61 KPHI

HAZARDOUS WEATHER OUTLOOK     HWOPHI             FLUS41 KPHI

HURRICANE LOCAL STATEMENT     HLSPHI             WTUS81 KPHI

NON-PRECIPITATION ADVISORY/

WATCH/WARNING                 NPWPHI             WWUS71 KPHI

POINT FORECAST MATRICES       PFMPHI             FOUS51 KPHI

PUBLIC INFORMATION STATEMENT  PNSPHI             NOUS41 KPHI

PUBLIC ZONE FORECAST          ZFPPHI             FPUS51 KPHI

RED FLAG WARNING              RFWPHI             WWUS81 KPHI

SHORT-TERM FORECAST           NOWPHI             FPUS71 KPHI

SPECIAL WEATHER STATEMENT     SPSPHI             WWUS81 KPHI

TABULAR STATE FORECAST        SFTPHI             FPUS61 KPHI

WINTER STORM ADVISORY/

WATCH/WARNING                 WSWPHI             WWUS41 KPHI

AIR QUALITY ALERT             AQAPHI             AEUS71 KPHI

AIR QUALITY FORECAST          AQIPHI             AEUS71 KPHI

 

An updated public zone shapefile is online at:

 

  http://www.weather.gov/geodata/catalog/wsom/html/pubzone.htm

 

An updated fire zone shapefile is online at:

 

  http://www.weather.gov/geodata/catalog/wsom/html/firezone.htm

 

If you have any questions, please contact:

 

  Gary S. Szatkowski, Meteorologist-in-Charge

  Joe Miketta, Warning Coordination Meteorologist

  National Weather Service

  Mount Holly, NJ 08060

  609-261-6602

  gary.szatkowski@noaa.gov

 

National Service Change Notices are online at:

 

  http://www.weather.gov/os/notif.htm

 

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