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Service Change Notice 12-36

National Weather Service Headquarters Washington DC

1005 AM EDT Tue Oct 30 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:  Discontinuance of the National Public Observing Program

          (NPOP) Effective October 1, 2012


Effective Monday, October 1, 2012, the National Public Observing

Program (NPOP) was discontinued. The NPOP was an automated

telephone answering system which provided users a toll free

number to communicate severe weather reports to their local NWS

Weather Forecast Office (WFO).  This system was discontinued due

to the increased variety of other reporting methods now available

to relay storm reports to WFOs; including social media, e-mail

and direct phone contact with the local WFO.


A voice message has been added to the NPOP automatic answering

system advising users of the discontinuation in the event users

contact this phone number.


The NWS continues to welcome and solicit severe weather reports

from the public.  Local WFOs can provide appropriate methods to

relay severe weather reports as described above. 


For questions regarding this notice, please contact:


  Andy Horvitz

  National Weather Service

  Office of Climate, Water and Weather Services

  Silver Spring, Maryland 20910


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