Service Change Notice 13-3

National Weather Service Headquarters Washington DC

1050 AM EST Thu Jan 3 2013


To:       Subscribers:

          -Family of Services

          -NOAA Weather Wire Service

          -Emergency Managers Weather Information Network


          Other NWS Partners, Users and Employees


From:     Mark A. Tew

          Chief, Marine and Coastal Services    Branch


Subject:  Disestablishment of the Coastal Marine Automated

          Network Station at Cape Arago Lighthouse near Coos Bay,

          Oregon in 2013


The Coastal Marine Automated Network (C-MAN) observation station

at Cape Arago, Oregon, (CARO3) will be decommissioned in 2013.

The station is at the Cape Arago Lighthouse at coordinates 43.342

North 124.375 West and is operated by the U.S. Coast Guard. In

accordance with legislation signed in 2008, the Coast Guard will

turn the lighthouse over to the confederated tribes of Coos,

Lower Umpqua, and Siuslaw Indians in 2013.


The observation equipment must be removed to facilitate

maintenance of the lighthouse prior to the transfer. The National

Data Buoy Center does not plan to re-establish the observation



Alternate stations are available to obtain wind information. The

National Estuarine Research System operates a platform near the

entrance to Coos Bay, (CHNO3) south slough reserve. Efforts are

underway to use this station in lieu of the Cape Arago station in

NOAA weather radio broadcasts from the Weather Forecast Office in

Medford, Oregon.


Click on the link below to view the approximate location

of CARO3 (labeled A) and the alternate wind observation site

CHNO3 (labeled B).


For more information on station CARO3 please click the link



For more information on the alternate wind observation site,

station CHNO3, click the link below.


Send any comments to the following e-mail address with the

subject line: Disestablishment of CARO3


For more information, contact:


Wayne Presnell

Meteorologist, Marine and Coastal Services Branch

Silver Spring, MD 20910

301-713-1677, ext. 103


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