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Service Change Notice 17-25

National Weather Service Headquarters Silver Spring, MD

345 PM EST Thu Mar 9 2017


To:          Subscribers:

             -NOAA Weather Wire Service

             -Emergency Managers Weather Information Network


             Other NWS Partners and NWS Employees


From:        Allison Allen

             Chief, Marine, Tropical and Tsunami Services Branch


Subject:     Four NWS Southern Region Weather Forecast Offices 

             (WFOs) will stop issuing tropical cyclone 

             forecast products effective on or about 

             June 1, 2017


Effective on or about June 1, 2017, four WFOs will no longer

issue local tropical cyclone products:


WFO Albuquerque (ABQ)

WFO Amarillo (AMA)

WFO El Paso (EPZ)

WFO Lubbock (LUB)  


Based on tropical cyclone climatological return periods and

feedback from local emergency management, the WFOs listed above

will no longer issue the WFO Hurricane Local Watch/Warning

Product (WFO TCV) and Hurricane Local Statement (HLS). These

office will, instead, use the Non-Precipitation Warning (NPW)

products when hurricane or tropical storm force winds from a

tropical cyclone are expected to impact their area of



Below is a listing of tropical products, these office are

discontinuing and their AWIPS Product Identifiers (PIL) and

World Meteorological Office (WMO) Code.


PRODUCT                              AWIPS PIL   WMO CODE

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

Hurricane Local Watch/Warning         TCVABQ      WTUS85         

Hurricane Local Watch/Warning         TCVAMA      WTUS84

Hurricane Local Watch/Warning         TCVEPZ      WTUS84

Hurricane Local Watch/Warning         TCVLUB      WTUS84


Hurricane Local Statement             HLSABQ      WTUS85

Hurricane Local Statement             HLSAMA      WTUS84

Hurricane Local Statement             HLSEPZ      WTUS84

Hurricane Local Statement             HLSLUB      WTUS84


Updated information on tropical cyclone product issuances will

be online before June 1, 2017, in NWS Instruction (NWSI) 

NWSI 10-601 at:


Below is a listing of tropical products being discontinued with

AWIPS identifiers (PIL) and Valid Time Event Code (VTEC).



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

Hurricane Local Watch/Warning   TCVABQ    TR.A, TR.W, HU.A, HU.W

Hurricane Local Watch/Warning   TCVAMA    TR.A, TR.W, HU.A, HU.W

Hurricane Local Watch/Warning   TCVEPZ    TR.A, TR.W, HU.A, HU.W

Hurricane Local Watch/Warning   TCVLUB    TR.A, TR.W, HU.A, HU.W


Additional information on UGC and VTEC can be found in NWSI 

10-1702 and NWSI 10-1703, respectively at:


For questions regarding this notice, please contact:


Jessica Schauer

NWS Tropical Service Program Lead

NWS Marine, Tropical and Tsunami Services Branch

National Hurricane Center

Miami, FL 33165

Telephone: 305-229-4476



Wayne Presnell

NWS Marine, Tropical and Tsunami Services Branch

Silver Spring, MD  20910

Telephone:  301-427-9390



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