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Service Change Notice 12‑08

Nation Weather Service Headquarters Washington DC

340 PM EST Tue Feb 14 2012


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:  Changes to the Fire Weather Forecast Service Programs

          at the NWS Weather Forecast Offices in Des Moines, IA,

          and Davenport, IA, Effective March 15, 2012


Effective Thursday, March 15, 2012, at 0001 Coordinated Universal Time (UTC), the NWS Weather Forecast Offices (WFO) in Des Moines (DMX), IA and Davenport (DVN), IA, will change their issuing suite of fire weather forecast products for their respective county warning areas of responsibility. The following products will be issued by WFO DMX and WFO DVN:


Table 1:  WFO DMX and WFO DVN Fire Weather Products Effective March 15, 2012


Product Name                          WMO Heading      AWIPS ID

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

Fire Weather Planning Forecast        FNUS53 KDMX      FWFDMX


Site-Specific (Spot) Forecast         FNUS73 KDMX      FWSDMX


Fire Weather Watch/Red Flag Warning   WWUS83 KDMX      RFWDMX


Fire Weather Planning Forecast        FNUS53 KDVN      FWFDVN


Site-Specific (Spot) Forecast         FNUS73 KDVN      FWSDVN


Fire Weather Watch/Red Flag Warning   WWUS83 KDVN      RFWDVN


DMX and DVN currently issue Site-Specific (Spot) Forecasts (FWSDMX and FWSDVN).  These forecasts will continue as part of WFO DMX’s and DVN’s fire weather forecast product suite; however, both DMX and DVN will discontinue their Grassland Fire Danger Product (RFDDMX and RFDDVN) on March 15, 2012.  Information regarding grassland fire danger will be included in the new Fire Weather Planning Forecasts (FWFDMX and FWFDVN). The fire weather planning forecasts will provide each county in WFO DMX and WFO DVN areas of responsibility with a fire weather forecast. A list of the counties involved and the zone number of each county is online from the NWS Management Information Retrieval System at:


Because no changes to fire weather forecast zones are being made, current and future fire weather zone shapefiles will have the correct zones for WFO DMX and DVN.  Fire weather forecast zone shapefiles are available online at:


Partners and users of these products will need to add the above product headers/identifiers to their communications systems to receive these NWS products:


If you have any questions, please contact:


    Brenda Brock

    National Weather Service – Des Moines


    Johnston, IA 50131


    Stephan Kuhl

    National Weather Service – Quad Cities


    Davenport, IA 52806


National Service Change Notices are online at: