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Public Information Statement, Comment Request

National Weather Service Headquarters Washington, DC

908 AM EST Tue Dec 15 2015

 

To: Subscribers:

-Family of Services

-NOAA Weather Wire Service

-Emergency Managers Weather Information Network

-NOAAPort

Other NWS Partners, Users and Employees

 

From: Michelle Hawkins

Acting Chief, Marine, Tropical and Tsunami

Services Branch

 

Subject: Soliciting comments on the Experimental Beach Forecast

Webpages and the Experimental Rip Current Risk

Graphics until December 1, 2016

The NWS is requesting comments on the Experimental Beach

Forecast Webpages and Experimental Rip Current Risk Graphics

issued by participating Weather Forecast Offices (WFO) until

December 1, 2016.

 

The Experimental Beach Forecast Webpage is a national map which

allows beach goers to click on an area of interest and easily

see hazards and forecasts for beaches in that area. The

national map links to Experimental Beach Forecast Webpages for

each WFO participating in the experiment (Table 1). Each

Experimental Beach Forecast Webpage provides an Experimental Rip

Current Risk Graphic highlighting areas with a moderate or high

risk of dangerous rip currents, surf zone and beach forecasts

for popular beaches within the office's forecast area, and other

important beach/surf zone information such as:

 

* Daily outlooks for surf zone hazards including rip current

* Advisories and/or statements alerting people of imminent or

expected beach/surf zone hazards

* Ultraviolet index information

* Tide tables and predictions

 

Each WFOs Experimental Beach Forecast Webpage may also contain

information such as local radar, water temperature, and safety

information. The national webpage can be found at:

 

http://www.weather.gov/beach/

Table 1: NWS offices that are testing the Experimental Beach

Forecast Webpage and the Experimental Rip Current Risk Graphic:

 

 

Participating WFO Web Address

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Melbourne, FL http://www.weather.gov/beach/mlb

Miami, FL http://www.weather.gov/beach/mfl

Mobile, AL http://www.weather.gov/beach/mob

Los Angeles, CA http://www.weather.gov/beach/lox

San Diego, CA http://www.weather.gov/beach/sgx

 

Other NWS offices will join during the experimental period.

 

For information on rip currents and other beach hazards safety

and awareness, please refer to the following website:

 

http://www.ripcurrents.noaa.gov

 

The Product description document for the Experimental Beach

Forecast webpage can be accessed from

 

http://products.weather.gov/PDD/PDD-Experimental%20Beach%20Forecast%20Webpage.pdf

 

The Product description document for the Rip Current Risk

Graphic can be accessed from

 

http://products.weather.gov/PDD/PDD-Experimental Rip Current Risk Graphic.pdf

 

Please provide feedback on the Experimental Beach Forecast

Webpage at:

 

http://www.nws.noaa.gov/survey/nws-survey.php?code=NATBFWP

 

Please provide feedback on the Experimental Rip Current Risk

Graphic at:

 

http://www.nws.noaa.gov/survey/nwssurvey.php?code=RIPCURRENTRISK

 

If you have questions or comments please contact:

 

Wayne Presnell

Meteorologist, Marine, Tropical and Tsunami Services Branch

NWS Headquarters

Silver spring, MD

301-427-9390

Wayne.Presnell@noaa.gov

 

NWS Public Information Statements are online at:

 

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

 

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