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Service Change Notice 13-45

National Weather Service Headquarters Washington DC

255 PM EDT Mon Jul 15 2013

 

To: Subscribers:

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Other NWS Partners and NWS Employees

 

From: Mark Tew

Chief, Marine and Coastal Weather Services Branch

 

Eli Jacks

Chief, Fire and Public Weather Services Branch

 

Subject: Transfer of Some Small Marine Areas in Lower Chesapeake

Bay Area from Marine Zones to Fire and Public Zones, or

to other Marine Zones, effective August 15, 2013

 

Effective Thursday, August 15, 2013, at 2 PM Eastern Daylight

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

Weather Forecast Office (WFO) in Wakefield, VA (AKQ), will

transfer some small marine areas in the lower Chesapeake Bay area

from marine zones to fire and public zones, or to other marine

zones. These changes are graphically shown at:

http://www.erh.noaa.gov/akq/news/AKQMZ.html

 

and summarized below. These are graphic changes only. There are

no changes to any zone names or Universal Geographic Codes (UGC).

 

ANZ631 - Chesapeake Bay from Windmill Point to New Point Comfort,

VA and ANZ635 - Rappahannock River from Urbanna to Windmill

Point. A portion of ANZ631 will be broken off from Deltaville,

VA westward and combined into Rappahannock River Zone ANZ635

(Marine zone immediately to its west).

 

ANZ637 - James River from Jamestown to the James River Bridge.

The Hampton River marine area was incorrectly added to ANZ637.

It will be removed from marine zone ANZ637 and added to fire zone

VAZ094-Newport News/Hampton and public zone VAZ094-Newport

News/Hampton.

 

ANZ638 - James River from James River Bridge to Hampton Roads

Bridge - Tunnel. The southwest portion of Back River will be

removed from marine zone ANZ638 and added to fire zone VAZ094-

Newport News/Hampton and public zone VAZ094- Newport

News/Hampton.

 

ANZ632 - Chesapeake Bay from New Point Comfort to Little Creek

VA. A very small fragment of this marine area (New Mill Creek)

was incorrectly added to ANZ632 and will be added back to fire

zone VAZ095-Norfolk/Portsmouth and public zone VAZ095-

Norfolk/Portsmouth.

 

ANZ630 - Chesapeake Bay from Smith Point to Windmill Point VA.

The Pocomoke River was incorrectly added as part of ANZ630 and

will be added back to fire zones VAZ099-Accomack, MDZ023-

Somerset, and MDZ024-Inland Worcester; and public zones VAZ099-

Accomack, MDZ023-Somerset, and MDZ024-Inland Worcester.

 

The modified zones are listed in Tables 1 and 2 below. WFO AKQ

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 zone being modified. The zone name and

Universal Geographic Codes (UGCs) will not change.

 

Marine Zone Name UGC(Z) Comment

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

Chesapeake Bay from ANZ631 Removes marine area

Windmill Point to New Point Deltaville westward

Comfort VA

 

Rappahannock River from ANZ635 Now includes marine

Urbanna to Windmill Point area east to Deltaville

 

James River from Jamestown ANZ637 Removes Hampton River

to the James River Bridge marine area

 

James River from James River ANZ638 Removes southwest

Bridge to Hampton Roads portion of Back River

Bridge - Tunnel

 

Chesapeake Bay from New Point ANZ632 Removes small marine

Comfort to Little Creek VA. Area (New Mill Creek)

 

Chesapeake Bay from Smith ANZ630 Removes the Pocomoke

Point to Windmill Point VA River

 

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

and UGCs will not change.

 

Fire Zone Name UGC(Z) Comment

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

Newport News/Hampton VAZ094 Now includes Hampton

River marine area

 

Newport News/Hampton VAZ094 Now includes southwest

portion of Back River

 

Norfolk/Portsmouth VAZ095 Now includes small

marine area (New Mill

Creek)

 

Accomack VAZ099 Now includes the Pocomoke

Somerset MDZ023 River

Inland Worcester MDZ024

Public Zone Name UGC(Z) Comment

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

Newport News/Hampton VAZ094 Now includes Hampton

River marine area

 

Newport News/Hampton VAZ094 Now includes southwest

portion of Back River

 

Norfolk/Portsmouth VAZ095 Now includes small

marine area (New Mill

Creek)

 

Accomack VAZ099 Now includes the Pocomoke

Somerset MDZ023 River

Inland Worcester MDZ024

 

This change also affects WFO AKQs county and County Warning Area

(CWA) shapefiles.

 

Partners and users providing NWS forecasts must download updated

map shapefiles to correctly provide forecasts for the marine,

fire and public forecast areas near Hampton, 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

 

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

small marine areas in the lower Chesapeake Bay area from marine

zones to fire and public zones, or to other marine zones.

 

Product Name WMO Heading AWIPS ID

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

Coastal Waters Forecast FZUS51 KAKQ CWFAKQ

Marine Weather Message WHUS71 KAKQ MWWAKQ

Special Marine Warning WHUS51 KAKQ SMWAKQ

Marine Weather Statement FZUS71 KAKQ MWSAKQ

Hurricane Local Statement WTUS81 KAKQ HLSAKQ

Hazardous Weather Outlook FLUS41 KAKQ HWOAKQ

Watch County Notification WWUS61 KAKQ WCNAKQ

Coastal Hazard Message WHUS41 KAKQ CFWAKQ

Severe Thunderstorm Warning WUUS51 KAKQ SVRAKQ

Tornado Warning WFUS51 KAKQ TORAKQ

Severe Weather Statement WWUS51 KAKQ SVSAKQ

Special Weather Statement WWUS81 KAKQ SPSAKQ

Zone Forecast FPUS51 KAKQ ZFPAKQ

Short Term Forecast FPUS71 KAKQ NOWAKQ

Tsunami Message WEXX20 PAAQ TSUAT1

Fire Weather Forecast FNUS51 KAKQ FWFAKQ

Red Flag Watch/Warning WWUS81 KAKQ RFWAKQ

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

Surf Zone Forecast FZUS51 KAKQ SRFAKQ

 

Partners and 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

small marine area near Hampton, VA, from a marine to fire and

public zones, or to other marine zones, please contact:

 

Michael Montefusco

Marine Program Leader

WFO Wakefield,VA

Wakefield, VA 23888

757-899-4200

michael.montefusco@noaa.gov

 

National Service Change Notices are online at:

 

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

 

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