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Service Change Notice 13-36

National Weather Service Headquarters Washington DC

351 PM EDT Thu May 30 2013

 

To:       Subscribers:

          -Family of Services

          -NOAA Weather Wire Service

          -Emergency Managers Weather Information Network

          -NOAAPORT

          Other NWS partners and NWS employees

 

From:     Mark Tew

          Chief, Marine and Coastal Weather Services Branch

 

Subject:  Changes to Coastal Marine Zones in the Gulf of Alaska

          and Bering Sea Effective October 1, 2013

 

Effective Tuesday, October 1, 2013, at 10 AM Alaska

Daylight Time (AKDT), 2 PM Eastern Daylight Time (EDT),

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

Office (WFO) in Anchorage, AK (AFC) will reconfigure its marine

zones for the coastal waters in the Gulf of Alaska and Bering

Sea. The changes include renaming, renumbering and realigning

several zones as well as adding eight new forecast zones. Several

zone changes will be in name only while the zone number remains

the same. The purpose of this change is to improve marine weather

services for NWS users and partners.

 

Table 1 lists all the products issued by WFO Anchorage that will

be affected by the marine zone changes. 

 

Table 2 lists all the current marine zones and Universal

Geographic Codes (UGCs) for WFO Anchorage. 

 

Table 3 lists all the marine zones and UGCs for which WFO

Anchorage will issue forecasts and warnings effective October 1,

2013.

 

Table 1: WFO Anchorage products affected by the marine zone

changes effective October 1 2013.

 

Product Name                     WMO Heading      AWIPS ID

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

Coastal Waters Forecast          FZAK51 PAFC      CWFAER

for the Northern Gulf of

Alaska Coast Up to 100nm Out

Including Kodiak Island

and Cook Inlet

 

Coastal Waters Forecast          FZAK52 PAFC         CWFALU

for Southwest Alaska,

Bristol Bay, the Alaska

Peninsula Waters and the

Aleutian Islands up to 100nm Out

Special Marine Warning           WHAK58 PAFC      SMWAFC

Marine Weather Statement         FZAK78 PAFC      MWSAFC

NAVTEX, North Gulf Coast AK      FZAK63 PAFC      OFFN12

NAVTEX, Western AK                    FZAK64 PAFC      OFFN13

 

Table 2: Current marine zones and corresponding Universal

Geographic Codes (UGC) for WFO Anchorage. 

 

Current Marine Zone Name                            UGC

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

Cape Suckling to Gore Point                        PKZ120

Resurrection Bay                                   PKZ121

Prince William Sound                               PKZ125

Port Valdez                                        PKZ126

Valdez Narrows                                     PKZ127

Valdez Arm                                         PKZ128

Passage Canal                                      PKZ129

Barren Islands and Kamishak Bay Waters             PKZ130

Shuyak Island to Sitkinak                          PKZ132

Chiniak Bay                                        PKZ136

Marmot Bay                                         PKZ137

Shelikof Strait                                    PKZ138

Cook Inlet North of Kamishak Bay

and English Bay                                    PKZ140

Kachemak Bay                                       PKZ141

Coastal Waters South of the

Alaska Peninsula Sitkinak to Castle Cape           PKZ150

Coastal Waters South of the

Alaska Peninsula Castle Cape to Cape Sarichef      PKZ155

Bristol Bay Waters Cape Newenham

to Port Heiden                                     PKZ160

Port Heiden to Cape Sarichef                       PKZ165

Eastern Aleutians Cape Sarichef to Nikolski        PKZ170

Unalaska Bay                                       PKZ171

Eastern Aleutians Nikolski to Adak                 PKZ172

Western Aleutian Islands Adak to Kiska             PKZ175

Western Aleutian Islands Kiska to Attu             PKZ176

Pribilof Islands Near Shore Waters                 PKZ179

Southwest Alaska Coastal Waters

Cape Newenham to Dall Point                        PKZ180

Saint Matthew Island Waters                        PKZ185

 

Table 3: Marine zones and corresponding UGCs for which

WFO Anchorage will issue forecasts and warnings effective

October 1, 2013.

 

New Marine Zone Name                               New UGC

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

Cape Suckling to Cape Cleare                       PKZ119

Cape Cleare to Gore Point                          PKZ120

Resurrection Bay                                   PKZ121

Prince William Sound                               PKZ125

Port Valdez                                        PKZ126

Valdez Narrows                                     PKZ127

Valdez Arm                                         PKZ128

Passage Canal                                      PKZ129

West of Barren Islands including Kamishak Bay      PKZ130

Barren Islands East                                PKZ131

Marmot Island to Sitkinak                          PKZ132

Chiniak Bay                                        PKZ136

Marmot Bay                                         PKZ137

Shelikof Strait                                    PKZ138

Cook Inlet Kalgin Island to Pt. Bede               PKZ139

Cook Inlet North of Kalgin Island                  PKZ140

Kachemak Bay                                       PKZ141

South of the AK Peninsula 

Sitkinak to Castle Cape                            PKZ150

South of the AK Peninsula

Castle Cape to Cape Sarichef                       PKZ155

Bristol Bay                                        PKZ160

Port Heiden to Cape Sarichef                       PKZ165

Cape Sarichef to Nikolski Bering Side              PKZ170

Unalaska Bay                                       PKZ171

Cape Sarichef to Nikolski Pacific Side             PKZ172

Nikolski to Seguam Island Bering Side              PKZ173

Nikolski to Seguam Island Pacific Side             PKZ174

Seguam Island to Adak Bering Side                  PKZ175

Seguam Island to Adak Pacific Side                 PKZ176

Adak to Kiska                                      PKZ177

Kiska to Attu                                      PKZ178

Pribilof Islands Near Shore Waters                 PKZ179

Kuskokwim Delta and Etolin Strait                  PKZ180

North and West of Nunivak Island                   PKZ181

Saint Matthew Island Waters                        PKZ185

 

Customers must reprogram affected hardware and software

to continue processing the products in Table 1.

 

An updated zone map shapefile containing the new boundaries

for these marine zones is available for download from the

following website:

 

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

 

A map showing the existing and additional marine zones

that will be effective October 1, 2013 is posted on the WFO

Anchorage page at:

 

http://pafc.arh.noaa.gov/newmarinezones/

 

For more information, please contact:

 

James Nelson                         Louise Fode

Science and Operations Officer       Marine Program Manager

National Weather Service             National Weather Service

WFO Anchorage                        Alaska Region Headquarters

6930 Sand Lake Rd                    222 W 7th Ave Rm 517 #23

Anchorage, AK  99502                Anchorage, AK 99513

(907) 266-5120                      907-271-3507

pafc-marine.feedback@noaa.gov       louise.fode@noaa.gov

 

National Service Change Notices are online at:

 

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

 

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