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Service Change Notice 13-39

National Weather Service Headquarters Washington DC

135 PM EDT Mon June 10 2013


TO:      Subscribers:

         -Family of Services

         -NOAA Weather Wire Service

         -Emergency Managers Weather Information Network


         -Other NWS Partners, Users, and NWS Employees


FROM:    Iftikhar Jamil

         NWS Chief Information Officer


         Chris Strager

         Acting Director, NWS Office of Climate, Water, and

          Weather Services



SUBJECT:  Transition from Experimental to Operational Status of

          Local NWS Facebook Pages Effective July 11, 2013


Effective July 11, 2013, local National Weather Service (NWS)

Facebook pages will transition to operational status.  Facebook

is a commonly used social networking service which allows

participants to share information with other users.  NWS has been

providing these pages on an experimental basis, as described at:


The local NWS Facebook pages will provide a complementary means

to disseminate important information about hazardous weather

conditions.  They will also be used for public outreach and

education and to direct users to official NWS web sites.


Local Facebook pages are currently available for a large number

of NWS offices.  It is NWS’s intent to implement local Facebook

pages for all NWS offices.  A search within Facebook for “US

National Weather Service” will identify current pages.


Availability of this service is subject to constraints of

Facebook service availability and to availability of users’

internet service.  Users should not rely on this service as the

primary means of receiving alerts/warnings of hazardous weather.

NWS alerts/warnings are available on NOAA Weather Radio and our

official website:  Responses to users’

posts are made on a time-available basis and may be limited,

especially during periods of severe weather.


Users must have valid Facebook accounts to search for pages or

post content.  Information on Facebook can be found at:



Disclaimers regarding NWS use of social media services can be

found at:



If you have comments or questions regarding this Public

Information Statement, please contact:


  Corey Pieper

  National Weather Service

  Fort Worth, TX 76102-6171

  817-978-110 x 122


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