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Service Change Notice 13-78

National Weather Service Headquarters Washington DC

220 PM EST Mon Dec 23 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 in Marine Weather Forecast Zones for Part

          of the Albemarle Sound and Pamlico Sound in North

          Carolina Effective April 1, 2014

 

Effective Tuesday, April 1, 2014, at 200 PM Eastern Daylight Time

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

Forecast Office (WFO) in Newport/Morehead City (MHX), NC, will

reconfigure its marine weather zones to separate the Alligator

River from the Albemarle Sound Marine Zone, and the Neuse River

and Pamlico and Pungo Rivers from the Pamlico Sound Marine Zone.

 

Currently the Albemarle and Pamlico Sounds in rastern North

Carolina are two separate marine zones which include the major

contributing rivers of the Alligator, Neuse, Pamlico, and Pungo

Rivers. NWS is crating three new marine zones to allow more

targeted forecast and warning services to our marine community.

 

-Alligator River

-Neuse and Bay Rivers

-Pamlico and Pungo Rivers

 

Effective April 1, 2014, the WFO Newport/Morehead City NC marine

area of responsibility will be reconfigured for the following

changes:

 

1. A new marine zone, UGC AMZ131 (Alligator River), will be

   created from the Albemarle Sound portion of marine weather

   zone AMZ130.

 

2. A new marine zone, UGC AMZ136 (Pamlico and Pungo Rivers), will

   be created from the Pamlico Sound marine weather zone AMZ135.

 

3. A new marine zone, UGC AMZ137 (Neuse and Bay Rivers), will be

   created from the Pamlico Sound marine weather zone AMZ135.

 

4. Portions of Core Sound will be extracted from AMZ158 (South of

   Cape Lookout to North of Surf City and AMZ135 (Pamlico Sound))

 

The Core Sound will be combined into one whole area and added to

the AMZ156 (South of Ocracoke to Cape Lookout) marine zone.

 

Table 1:  Current marine zones and corresponding Universal

Geographic Codes (UGC) for WFO Newport/Morehead City 

 

UGC: Current Marine Zone Name

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

AMZ130: Albemarle Sound

AMZ135: Pamlico Sound

AMZ150: S of Currituck Beach Light to Oregon Inlet NC out 20 NM

AMZ152: S of Oregon Inlet to Cape Hatteras NC out 20 NM

AMZ154: S of Cape Hatteras to Ocracoke Inlet NC out 20 NM

AMZ156: S of Ocracoke Inlet to Cape Lookout NC out 20 NM

AMZ158: S of Cape Lookout to N of Surf City NC out 20 NM

 

Table 2:  Marine zones and corresponding Universal Geographic

Codes (UGC) for which WFO Newport/Morehead City NC will issue

forecasts and warnings effective April 1, 2014

 

UGC: Marine Zones Effective April 1, 2014

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

AMZ130: Albemarle Sound

AMZ131: Alligator River

AMZ135: Pamlico Sound

AMZ136: Pamlico and Pungo Rivers

AMZ137: Neuse and Bay Rivers

AMZ150: S of Currituck Beach Light to Oregon Inlet NC out 20 NM

AMZ152: S of Oregon Inlet to Cape Hatteras NC out 20 NM

AMZ154: S of Cape Hatteras to Ocracoke Inlet NC out 20 NM

AMZ156: S of Ocracoke Inlet to Cape Lookout NC out 20 NM

AMZ158: S of Cape Lookout to N of Surf City NC out 20 NM

 

Graphical images of the current and future marine weather zones

listed above are online at:

 

http://www.weather.gov/mhx/MarineZoneChanges

 

Table 3:  NWS products affected by the WFO Newport/Morehead City

NC marine weather zone changes effective April 1, 2014:

 

PRODUCT NAME                  AWIPS ID       WMO HEADING

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

COASTAL WATERS FORECAST        CWFMHX        FZUS52 KMHX

SPECIAL MARINE WARNING         SMWMHX        WHUS52 KMHX

MARINE WEATHER STATEMENT      MWSMHX         FZUS72 KMHX

MARINE WEATHER MESSAGE        MWWMHX         WHUS72 KMHX

HURRICANE LOCAL STATEMENT     HLSMHX         WTUS82 KMHX

WATCH COUNTY NOTIFICATION     WCNMHX         WWUS62 KMHX

HAZARDOUS WEATHER OUTLOOK     HWOMHX         FLUS42 KMHX

SPECIAL WEATHER STATEMENT     SPSMHX         WWUS82 KMHX

TSUNAMI MESSAGE               WEXX20         PAAQ TSUAT1

WATCH OUTLINE UPDATE          WOUS64         KWNS WOUn (n=1-9)

 

Partners and users of WFO MHX products must reprogram affected

hardware and software to continue correctly processing the above

mentioned products.

 

Also partners and users accessing NWS graphical marine forecasts

must download updated zone map shapefiles to correctly view

forecasts for the eastern North Carolina.

 

Updated zone map shapefiles containing the new zones are

available online at:

 

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

 

If you have any questions or comments about this reconfiguration

of marine weather zones please contact:

 

John Elardo

Marine Program Leader

WFO Newport/Morehead City

Newport, NC 28570

252-223-2328

john.elardo@noaa.gov

 

National NWS Service Change Notices are online at:

 

http://www.nws.noaa.gov/om/notif.htm

 

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