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Service Change Notice 13-35

National Weather Service Headquarters Washington DC

146 PM EDT Tue May 21 2013


To:       Subscribers:

          -Family of Services

          -NOAA Weather Wire Service

          -Emergency Managers Weather Information Network


          Other NWS partners and NWS employees


From:     Mark Tew

          Chief, Marine and Coastal Weather Services Branch


Subject:  Expansion of the National Official Offshore Text  

          Forecast Product to Include the US Arctic Waters

          Effective June 4, 2013


Effective Tuesday, June 4, 2013, at 4:00 PM Alaska Daylight Time

(AKDT), 8:00 pm Eastern Daylight Time (EDT), 0000 Wednesday 

June 5, 2013 Coordinated Universal Time (UTC), the NWS Weather

Forecast Office (WFO) in Fairbanks, Alaska, will implement the

official text forecast and synopsis for the offshore waters area

of responsibility in U.S. Arctic Waters.


The experimental phase of this forecast was implemented on 

June 2, 2009, as announced in Service Change Notice (SCN) 09-02,

which can be found here:


The evaluation of the additional zone forecasts resulted in

favorable comments and the zones, synopsis and forecast will be

included as part of the official product on June 4, 2013.


Table 1 lists the product issued by WFO Fairbanks that will

be affected by the change from experimental to operational



Table 2 lists all the marine zones and Universal Geographic Codes

(UGCs) issued by WFO Fairbanks that will be affected by this

change from experimental to operational status. 


Table 1: WFO Fairbanks products affected by the marine zone

changes effective June 4, 2013.


Product Name                 WMO Heading      AWIPS ID

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

Offshore Waters Forecast      FZAK69 PAFG      OFFAFG

for the US Arctic Waters


Table 2: Current Arctic Offshore forecast zones, synopsis and

corresponding Universal Geographic Codes (UGC). 


Current Marine Zone Name                            UGC

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

Western US Arctic Offshore                         PKZ500

Central US Arctic Offshore                         PKZ505

Eastern US Arctic Offshore                         PKZ510

Synopsis for US Arctic Offshore                    PKZ599


No action is needed to continue receiving this product.


For more information, please contact:


John Lingaas                           Louise Fode

Warning Coordination Meteorologist     Marine Program Manager

National Weather Service               National Weather Service

WFO Fairbanks                          Alaska Region Headquarters

UAF-IARC Bldg                          222 W 7th Ave Rm 517 #23

Fairbanks, AK  99775                   Anchorage, AK 99513

(907) 458-3712                         907-271-3507        


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