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Public Information Notice: Comments Requested

National Weather Service Headquarters Washington DC

725 AM EDT Fri Apr 4 2014


To:      Subscribers:

         -Family of Services

         -NOAA Weather Wire Service

         -Emergency Managers Weather Information Network


         Other NWS partners and NWS employees


From:    Eli Jacks

         Chief, Fire and Public Weather Services Branch


Subject: Soliciting Comments from April 8, 2014, until July 1,

         2014, on an Experimental Enhanced Format for Fire

         Weather Planning Forecasts (FWF) from Select Southern

         Region(SR) Weather Forecast Offices (WFOs)


NWS is accepting comments from April 8, 2014, stating at 0600

Coordinated Universal Time (UTC), and ending on July 1, 2014, on

experimentally formatted FWFs from select WFOs. NWS Western

Region (WR) WFOs are already using the format operationally. The

format is being considered for national implementation:


The proposed change uses a left justified asterisk to begin each

new line of text.  This format allows proper word wrapping and

indentations in the AWIPS FWF text editor, reduces forecaster

edit time and allows increased dissemination efficiency.


The following WFOs will use the experimental FWF format:


Albuquerque, NM: ABQ

El Paso, TX: EPZ

Midland, TX: MAF

Lubbock, TX: LUB


An example of the WR operational FWF format, which is the same as

the proposed National FWF format, is online at:


Please provide comments via the survey at the following link:


For more information, please contact:


  Heath Hockenberry

  Fire Weather Program Manager

  National Weather Service

  Boise, ID 83705



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