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Public Information Statement, Comment Request

National Weather Service Headquarters Washington DC

1105 AM EST Tue Jan 22 2013


To:      Subscribers:

         -Family of Services

         -NOAA Weather Wire Service

         -Emergency Managers Weather Information Network


         Other NWS Partners, Users and Employees


From:    Mark Tew

         Chief, Marine and Coastal Services Branch               


Subject: Soliciting Comments on the Experimental Tampa Bay

         Marine Channel Forecast through June 1, 2013


The NWS Weather Forecast Office (WFO) Tampa Bay Area is seeking

user comments on the Experimental Tampa Bay Marine Channel

Forecast from through June 1, 2013. The Tampa Bay Marine Channel

Forecast was developed as part of WFO Tampa Bay’s Weather Ready

Nation Pilot objective. The Marine Channel Forecast uses local

NWS digital forecast data for six of the seven weather elements

in the product: winds, gusts, waves, weather, rain chance, and

hazards. For the seventh element, water level relative to mean

sea level, Marine Channel Forecast currently populates data from

the Extratropical Surge and Tide Operational Forecast System

(ESTOFS) model produced by the NWS’s Ocean Prediction Center



Forecasts are produced at 13 points along the Tampa Bay shipping

channel. These 13 points were considered by a diverse group of

mariners to be critical points of weather information along the

channel. The Marine Channel Forecast is displayed on a static

Google map with the Tampa Bay shipping channel and the forecast

points overlaid. Users may click on any forecast point to view

the forecast. 


The Marine Channel Forecast is currently available at the

following web address:


Users are encouraged to provide feedback on this experimental

product by using the brief survey and comment form at:


or provide comments directly to



At the end of the comment period, if comments are favorable, the

Marine Channel Forecast may be changed to an operational product

and moved to national availability. At that time, the NWS will

then decide whether to transition the product to operational,

extend the comment period, or discontinue the product.


You may obtain more information on this product online at:


For questions regarding this notice, please contact:


Todd Barron

Emergency Response Meteorologist

NWS Tampa Bay/Ruskin FL

813-645-2323 x331


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