NOUS41 KWBC 191843

PNSWSH

 

Service Change Notice 13-63

National Weather Service Headquarters Washington DC

243 PM EDT Thu Sep 19 2013

 

To: Subscribers:

-Family of Services

-NOAA Weather Wire Service

-Emergency Managers Weather Information Network

-NOAAPORT

Other NWS Partners and NWS Employees

 

From: Eli Jacks

Chief, Fire and Public Weather Services Branch

 

Subject: New Public Zones and Boundary Changes for Parts of

Central and Northeast Oregon and Southeast Washington,

Effective December 3, 2013

 

Effective Tuesday, December 3, 2013, at 1200 Coordinated Universal

Time (UTC), 4:00 AM PST, NWS Weather Forecast Office (WFO)

Pendleton (PDT), OR, will make modifications to some of its public

zones to better represent climatological conditions and to follow

terrain features more closely.

 

The main change will be to split ORZ042 (North Central Oregon)

into a northern and southern part forming two new zones (ORZ510

and ORZ511). In addition, the metropolitan area of Bend, Oregon,

will be included in the new southernmost zone (ORZ511) Central

Oregon) and removed from OZ509 (East Slopes of the Oregon

Cascades) because of its lower average annual snowfall.

 

Minor border adjustments will also be made to

 

WAZ024 (Eastern Columbia River Gorge of Washington)

WAZ520 (East Slopes of the Washington Cascades)

WAZ521 (Simcoe Highlands)

ORZ041 (Eastern Columbia River Gorge of Oregon)

ORZ044 (Lower Columbia Basin of Oregon).

 

A map and detailed explanation of these changes is online at:

 

Http://www.wrh.noaa.gov/pdt/reference/Zone_Alterations_2013.pdf

 

These zone changes require partners and users to take appropriate

action to receive products using the Universal Generic Code (UGC)

Zone Code Format (Z) listed in Table 1. Products affected by this

change are listed in Table 2.

 

Table 1. Old/New public zone names and UGC(Z) codes.

 

OLD ZONE NAME OLD UGC (Z) NEW ZONE NAME NEW UGC (Z)

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

 

North Central ORZ042 North Central ORZ510

Oregon Oregon (unchanged)

 

North Central ORZ042 Central Oregon ORZ511

Oregon

 

Table 2. Products affected by these changes.

 

PRODUCT NAME AWIPS ID WMO HEADER

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

Civil Emergency Message CEMPDT WOUS41 KPDT

Flash Flood Watch FFAPDT WGUS61 KPDT

Hazardous Weather Outlook HWOPDT FLUS41 KPDT

Non-Precipitation Advsy/Watch/Warning NPWPDT WWUS71 KPDT

Public Zone Forecast ZFPPDT FPUS51 KPDT

Short-Term Forecast NOWPDT FPUS71 KPDT

Special Weather Statement SPSPDT WWUS81 KPDT

Winter Storm Advsy/Watch/Warning WSWPDT WWUS41 KPDT

Area Forecast Discussion AFDPDT FXUS66 KPDT

Public Information Statement PNSPDT NOUS46 KPDT

Hydrologic Outlook ESFPDT FGUS76 KPDT

 

An updated public zone shapefile is online at:

 

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

 

For more information, please contact:

 

Michael Vescio

Meteorologist in Charge

National Weather Service

Pendleton OR 97801

michael.vescio@noaa.gov

541-276-7832

 

National Service Change Notices are online at:

 

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

 

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