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Service Change Notice 13-18

National Weather Service Headquarters Washington DC

350 PM EST Mon Mar 4 2013

 

To:       Subscribers:

          -Family of Services

          -NOAA Weather Wire Service

          -Emergency Managers Weather Information Network

          -NOAAPORT

          Other NWS Partners and NWS Employees

 

From:     Mark A. Tew

          Chief, Marine and Coastal Weather Services Branch

 

          Eli Jacks

          Chief, Fire and Public Weather Services Branch

 

Subject:  Sheltered Waters Along Part of North Carolina Coastline

          Will Transfer from Marine Zones to Fire and Public

          Zones Effective April 2, 2013

 

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

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

Forecast Office (WFO) in Wilmington, NC, will transfer its

sheltered waters (i.e., the intracoastal waters, tidal creeks,

etc.) from marine zones (AMZ250 and AMZ252) to fire zones 

(NCZ106, NCZ108, and NCZ110) and public zones (NCZ106, NCZ108,

and NCZ110).  In addition the sheltered portion of marine zone

AMZ158 that extends south of the Onslow/Pender county line into

WFO Wilmington’s area of responsibility will transfer to fire

zone NCZ106 and public zone NCZ106.  This marine area was

incorrectly included in marine zone AMZ158, Coastal Waters from

Cape Lookout to Surf City, NC, out 20 NM. 

 

All these waters are between the Onslow/Pender county line (near

Surf City, NC) and the Little River Inlet, SC (near the NC/SC

border) and are sheltered from the Atlantic Ocean. Their weather

is more like the adjacent fire and public zones than the marine

zones they are currently in. The modified zones are listed in

Tables 1 and 2 below. WFO Wilmington will continue to issue

forecasts and warnings for the modified zones in Tables 1 and 2

via the products in Table 3.

 

Table 1.  Marine zones being modified.  The zone names and

Universal Geographic Codes (UGCs) will not change.

 

Marine Zone Name               UGC      Comment

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

Coastal Waters from Cape       AMZ158   Removes waters south of

  Lookout to Surf City, NC              Onslow/Pender county line

  out 20 NM                             sheltered from the

                                        Atlantic Ocean 

 

Coastal Waters from Surf City  AMZ250   Removes waters sheltered

  to Cape Fear NC out 20 NM             from the Atlantic Ocean

 

Coastal Waters from Cape Fear  AMZ252   Removes waters sheltered

  NC to Little River Inlet SC           from the Atlantic Ocean

  out 20 NM

  

Table 2.  Fire and Public zones being modified.  The zone names

and UGCs will not change.

 

Fire Zone Name                 UGC      Comment

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

Coastal Pender                 NCZ106   Now includes waters

                                        sheltered from the

                                        Atlantic Ocean

 

Coastal New Hanover            NCZ108   Now includes waters

                                        sheltered from the

                                        Atlantic Ocean

 

Coastal Brunswick              NCZ110   Now includes waters

                                        sheltered from the

                                        Atlantic Ocean

 

Public Zone Name               UGC      Comment

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

Coastal Pender                 NCZ106   Now includes waters

                                        sheltered from the

                                        Atlantic Ocean

 

Coastal New Hanover            NCZ108   Now includes waters

                                        sheltered from the

                                        Atlantic Ocean

 

Coastal Brunswick              NCZ110   Now includes waters

                                        sheltered from the

                                        Atlantic Ocean

 

This change also affects WFO Wilmington’s County and County

Warning Area (CWA) shapefiles. 

 

Partners and users providing NWS forecasts must download updated

map shapefiles to correctly provide forecasts for the sheltered 

waters along part of North Carolina’s coastline between

Onslow/Pender county line (near Surf City, NC), and the Little

River Inlet, SC, available online at:

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

http://www.nws.noaa.gov/geodata/catalog/wsom/html/cwa.htm

 

http://www.nws.noaa.gov/geodata/catalog/county/html/county.htm

 

A graphical depiction of this change is also available at:

 

http://www.erh.noaa.gov/ilm/ILM_Sheltered.pdf

 

Table 3.  NWS text products affected by the WFO ILM transfer of

its sheltered waters from marine zones (AMZ158, AMZ250 and

AMZ252) to fire (NCZ106, NCZ108, and NCZ110) and public (NCZ106,

NCZ108, and NCZ110) zones.

 

Product Name                   WMO Heading    AWIPS ID

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

Coastal Waters Forecast        FZUS52 KILM    CWFILM

Marine Weather Message         WHUS72 KILM    MWWILM

Special Marine Warning         WHUS52 KILM    SMWILM

Marine Weather Statement       FZUS72 KILM    MWSILM

Hurricane Local Statement      WTUS82 KILM    HLSILM

Hazardous Weather Outlook      FLUS42 KILM    HWOILM

Watch County Notification      WWUS62 KILM    WCNILM

Coastal Hazard Message         WHUS42 KILM    CFWILM

Severe Thunderstorm Warning    WUUS52 KILM    SVRILM

Tornado Warning                WFUS52 KILM    TORILM

Severe Weather Statement       WWUS52 KILM    SVSILM

Special Weather Statement      WWUS82 KILM    SPSILM

Zone Forecast                  FPUS52 KILM    ZFPILM

Short Term Forecast            FPUS72 KILM    NOWILM

Tsunami Message                WEXX20 PAAQ    TSUAT1

Fire Weather Forecast          FNUS52 KILM    FWFILM

Red Flag Watch/Warning         WWUS82 KILM    RFWILM

Watch Outline Update           WOUS64 KWNS    WOUn (n=1-9)

Surf Zone Forecast             FZUS52 KILM    SRFILM

 

Users do not have to take any action to continue receiving these

text products.

 

If you have any questions or comments about this transfer of

sheltered waters along part of the North Carolina coastline from

marine zones to fire and public weather zones please contact:

 

  Steven Pfaff

  Warning Coordination Meteorologist

  WFO Wilmington, NC

  Wilmington, NC 28405-6858

  910-762-0524 x223

  Steven.Pfaff@noaa.gov

 

National Weather Service Change Notices are online at:

 

  http://www.weather.gov/os/notif.htm

 

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