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Service Change Notice 11-29

National Weather Service Headquarters Washington DC

810 AM EDT Fri Aug 19 2011


TO:      Subscribers:

         - Family of Services

         - NOAA Weather Wire Service

         - Emergency Managers Weather Information Network

         - NOAAPORT

         - Other NWS partners and NWS employees


FROM:    Eli Jacks

         Chief, Fire and Public Weather Services Branch


SUBJECT: Implementation of Improved Fire and Public Weather

         Coverage for Southwest Louisiana Effective

         December 15, 2011


Effective Thursday, December 15, 2011, at 1200 pm Central

Standard Time, 1800 Coordinated Universal Time (UTC), the

NWS Weather Forecast Office (WFO) in Lake Charles (LCH),

LA, will reconfigure its fire and public weather forecast zone for Cameron (LAZ051) Parish in southwest Louisiana.


This reconfiguration will provide better forecast services by splitting this parish into separate western and eastern fire and public weather forecast zones due to the large meteorological, climatological, and geographical differences from west to east.


The fire and public weather forecast zone for Cameron (LAZ051)

Parish will be split to form West Cameron (LAZ073) and East Cameron (LAZ074). This split will account for tropical cyclone, fire weather, and winter weather impacts that only affect one portion of this parish and not the other.


These 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 1.


TABLE 1.  New Fire and Public Zone Configuration Identifiers



  ZONE NAME                      ZONE NAME

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

WEST CAMERON       LAZ073     CAMERON                  LAZ051

EAST CAMERON       LAZ074     CAMERON                  LAZ051


More detail regarding this change, including greater detail

regarding why these fire and public zone changes are being made,

graphical depictions of the current and new fire and public zones and a table of affected WFO LCH products is available online at:


Updated fire and public weather forecast zone shapefiles are

online at:



For more information, please contact:


Andy Patrick                    Melinda Bailey

Meteorologist-in-Charge         Public/Marine Meteorologist

NWS Lake Charles                NWS Southern Region Headquarters

Lake Charles LA 70607           Fort Worth TX 76102

337-477-5285                    817-978-1100 X107 


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