NOUS41 KWBC 281945



Service Change Notice 17-122

National Weather Service Headquarters Silver Spring, MD

345 PM EST Tue Nov 28 2017


To:      Subscribers:

         -NOAA Weather Wire Service

         -Emergency Managers Weather Information Network


          Other NWS Partners and NWS Employees


From:    Michelle Hawkins, Chief

         Severe, Fire, Public and Winter Weather Services Branch


Subject: Changes in Fire and Public Zones for NWS Weather

         Forecast Office Jacksonville, FL, St. Johns and   

         Flagler Counties, Effective April 3, 2018.


Effective Tuesday April 3, 2018. at 100 PM EDT, 1800 Coordinated

Universal Time (UTC), the St. Johns and Flagler County public

and fire weather forecast zones for NWS Weather Forecast Office

(WFO) Jacksonville (JAX), FL, will be split into two zones, a

coastal zone and an inland zone.


The coastal-inland split will be along Interstate 95 through

both St. Johns and Flagler Counties. These changes are intended

to provide increased flexibility and improved accuracy of

forecast and various watches, warnings and advisories in the

public and fire weather programs.


The Fire and Public Zone changes require partners and users to

take appropriate action to receive the new zone products using

the Universal Generic Code (UGC) zone code format (Z) listed in

Table 2.


Table 1: Current affected WFO JAX Public and Fire Weather   

Forecast Zones


Current Fire/Public      Current UGC (Z)

Zone Name

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

St. Johns                FLZ033

Flagler                  FLZ038


Table 2: New WFO JAX affected Coastal and Inland Public and Fire

Weather Forecast Zones


New Fire/Public          New UGC (Z)

Zone Name

---------------         -----------

Inland St. Johns         FLZ033

Coastal St. Johns        FLZ133

Inland Flagler           FLZ038

Coastal Flagler          FLZ138


Table 3: WFO Jacksonville products affected by the changes in

coastal public and fire weather forecast zones


Product Name                    WMO Heading      AWIPS ID

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

Hurricane Local Statement       WTUS82 KJAX       HLSJAX

Tropical Cyclone Watch/Warning  WTNT81 KNHC       TCVAT1-5

Coastal Hazard Message          WHUS42 KJAX       CFWJAX

Surf Zone Forecast              FZUS52 KJAX       SRFJAX

Fire Weather Forecast           FNUS52 KJAX       FWFJAX

Fire Weather Message            WWUS82 KJAX       RFWJAX

Fire Danger Statement           FNUS62 KJAX       RFDJAX

Zone Forecast                   FPUS52 KJAX       ZFPJAX

Point Forecast Matrices         FOUS52 KJAX       PFMJAX

Tabular State Forecast          FPUS62 KJAX       SFTJAX

Tsunami Message                 WEXX20 PAAQ       TSUAT1

Public Information Statement    NOUS42 KJAX       PNSJAX

Non-Precipitation Warnings      WWUS72 KJAX       NPWJAX

Flood Watch                     WGUS62 KJAX       FFAJAX

Special Weather Statement       WWUS82 KJAX       SPSJAX

Winter Weather Message          WWUS42 KJAX       WSWJAX

Area Forecast Discussion        FXUS62 KJAX       AFDJAX

Hydrologic Outlook              FGUS72 KJAX       ESFJAX


Partners and users should take the appropriate action to ensure

systems recognize the new UGC (Z) and new zone alignments and

names. These changes do not affect products using county (C)



Updated public and fire zone maps are online at:


Graphical depiction of WFO JAX’s current and new Fire and Public

Weather Forecast Zones are at the following website:


For more information, please contact:


Al Sandrik                   Melinda Bailey

NWS Jacksonville             NWS Southern Region Headquarters

Jacksonville FL              Fort Worth, TX 76102

817-978-1109 x107            904-741-4470 X223            


NWS National Service Change Notices are online at: