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Service Change Notice 12-46

National Weather Service Headquarters Washington DC

250 PM EST Mon Nov 26 2012

 

To:      Subscribers:

         - Family of Services

         - NOAA Weather Wire Service

         - Emergency Managers Weather Information Network

         - NOAAPORT

         Other NWS Partners, Users, and Employees

 

From:    Mark Tew

         Chief, Marine and Coastal Weather Services Branch

 

Subject: Implementing Improved Marine Zone Coverage for

         Florida Keys Coastal Waters Effective April 2, 2013

 

Effective Tuesday, April 2, 2013, at 2 PM Eastern Daylight Time

(EDT) or 1800 Coordinated Universal Time (UTC) the NWS Weather

Forecast Office (WFO) in Key West, Florida, will adjust its

current coastal waters zones for the Florida Keys. This

adjustment will provide improved marine weather warning and

forecast services for portions of the Gulf of Mexico and Barnes

Sound. 

 

1. The southwestern portion of GMZ033 and the northern portion

   of GMZ034 will be expanded northward to latitude 25 degrees

   north.

 

2. GMZ032 will be split, with GMZ035 added north of the lower

   Florida Keys.

 

3. Barnes Sound will be transferred from the WFO Miami area of

   responsibility (AMZ630) to the WFO Key West area of

   responsibility (GMZ031).

 

Table 1 lists all the products issued by WFO Key West that will

be affected by the marine zone changes.

 

Table 2 lists all the marine zones and corresponding Universal

Geographic Codes (UGCs) for which WFO Key West currently issues

marine warnings, advisories, and forecasts.

 

Table 3 lists all the marine zones and corresponding UGCs for

which WFO Key West will issue warnings, advisories, and forecasts

effective April 2, 2013.

 

Table 1:  WFO Key West products affected by the marine zone

changes effective April 2, 2013.

 

PRODUCT NAME                 WMO HEADING      AWIPS ID

COASTAL WATERS FORECAST      FZUS52 KKEY      CWFKEY

MARINE WEATHER MESSAGE       WHUS72 KKEY      MWWKEY

SPECIAL MARINE WARNING       WHUS52 KKEY      SMWKEY

MARINE WEATHER STATEMENT     FZUS72 KKEY      MWSKEY

HURRICANE LOCAL STATEMENT    WTUS82 KKEY      HLSKEY

HAZARDOUS WEATHER OUTLOOK    FLUS42 KKEY      HWOKEY

WATCH COUNTY NOTIFICATION    WWUS62 KKEY      WCNKEY

SHORT TERM FORECAST          FPUS72 KKEY      NOWKEY

 

Customers must reprogram affected hardware and software to

continue processing the products in Table 1.

 

Table 2:  Current marine zones and corresponding UGCs for which

WFO Key West issues marine warnings, advisories, and forecasts.

 

CURRENT MARINE ZONE NAME                           UGC     

 

Florida Bay including Blackwater and               GMZ031            

Buttonwood Sounds                                    

 

Bayside and Gulfside from Craig Key to             GMZ032

Halfmoon Shoal out to 5 fathoms                      

 

Gulf waters from East Cape Sable to

Chokoloskee 20 to 60 nm out and beyond 5           GMZ033

fathoms                                              

 

Gulf of Mexico including Dry Tortugas and          GMZ034

Rebecca Shoal Channel                                

 

Hawk Channel from Ocean Reef to Craig Key          GMZ042

out to the reef                                      

 

Hawk Channel from Craig Key to west end of         GMZ043

Seven Mile Bridge out to the reef                    

 

Hawk Channel from west end of Seven Mile           GMZ044

Bridge to Halfmoon Shoal out to the reef             

 

Straits of Florida from Ocean Reef to              GMZ052

Craig Key out 20 nm                                  

 

Straits of Florida from Craig Key to west          GMZ053

end of Seven Mile Bridge out 20 nm                   

 

Straits of Florida from west end of Seven          GMZ054

Mile Bridge to south of Halfmoon Shoal out

20 nm                                                

 

Straits of Florida from Halfmoon Shoal to          GMZ055

20 nm west of Dry Tortugas out 20 nm                 

 

Straits of Florida from Ocean Reef to Craig        GMZ072

Key 20 to 60 nm out                                  

 

Straits of Florida from Craig Key to west          GMZ073

end of Seven Mile Bridge 20 to 60 nm out             

 

Straits of Florida from west end of Seven          GMZ074

Mile Bridge to south of Halfmoon Shoal

20 to 60 nm out                                      

 

Straits of Florida from Halfmoon Shoal to          GMZ075

20 nm west of Dry Tortugas 20 to 60 nm out           

 

Table 3:  Marine zones and corresponding UGCs for which WFO Key

West will issue marine warnings, advisories, and forecasts

effective April 2, 2013 are listed below:

 

MARINE ZONE NAME                                      UGC                       

 

Florida Bay including Barnes Sound, Blackwater     GMZ031

Sound, and Buttonwood Sound                       

 

Bayside and Gulfside from Craig Key to             GMZ032

West End of Seven Mile Bridge   

 

Gulf of Mexico from East Cape Sable to             GMZ033

Chokoloskee 20 to 60 nm out and beyond 5

fathoms                                              

 

Gulf of Mexico including Dry Tortugas and          GMZ034

Rebecca Shoal Channel                                

 

Gulf of Mexico from west end of Seven              GMZ035

Mile Bridge to Halfmoon Shoal out to 5 fathoms    

 

Hawk Channel from Ocean Reef to Craig Key          GMZ042

out to the reef                                      

 

Hawk Channel from Craig Key to west end of         GMZ043

Seven Mile Bridge out to the reef                    

 

Hawk Channel from west end of Seven Mile           GMZ044

Bridge to Halfmoon Shoal out to the reef             

 

Straits of Florida from Ocean Reef to              GMZ052 

Craig Key out 20 nm                                  

 

Straits of Florida from Craig Key to west          GMZ053

end of Seven Mile Bridge out 20 nm                   

 

Straits of Florida from west end of Seven          GMZ054

Mile Bridge to south of Halfmoon Shoal out

20 nm                                                

 

Straits of Florida from Halfmoon Shoal to          GMZ055

20 nm west of Dry Tortugas out 20 nm                 

 

Straits of Florida from Ocean Reef to Craig        GMZ072

Key 20 to 60 nm out                                  

 

Straits of Florida from Craig Key to west          GMZ073

end of Seven Mile Bridge 20 to 60 nm out             

 

Straits of Florida from west end of Seven          GMZ074

Mile Bridge to south of Halfmoon Shoal

20 to 60 nm out                                      

 

Straits of Florida from Halfmoon Shoal to          GMZ075

20 nm west of Dry Tortugas 20 to 60 nm out           

 

An updated zone map shapefile containing the new boundaries for

these marine zones is available for download from the following

website:

 

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

 

Maps showing the existing marine zones and the marine zones

effective April 2, 2013 are posted on the WFO Key West web page

at:

 

http://www.srh.noaa.gov/key/?n=marinezonechanges

 

For questions or comments about these changes please contact:

 

Kennard "Chip" Kasper         Melinda Bailey

Marine Focal Point            Public/Marine Meteorologist

National Weather Service      National Weather Service

WFO Key West                  Southern Region Headquarters

1315 White Street             819 Taylor St.

Key West FL 33040             Fort Worth TX 76102

305-295-1316 x 241            817-978-1100 x 107

kennard.kasper@noaa.gov       melinda.bailey@noaa.gov

 

 

NWS Service Change Notices are online at:

 

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

 

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