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Service Change Notice 13-9

National Weather Service Headquarters Washington DC

1023 AM EST Tue Jan 29 2013

 

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:  Changes in Fire Weather Forecast Zone Names for

          Utah Effective April 4, 2013

 

Effective Thursday, April 4, 2013, at 600 AM Mountain Daylight

Time, 1200 Coordinated Universal Time (UTC), the NWS Weather

Forecast Offices (WFO) in Salt Lake City, Utah (SLC), and 

Grand Junction, Colorado (GJT), will rename four fire weather

forecast zones.

 

Table 1:  Changed WFO SLC, UT, Fire Weather Forecast Zone Names

 

Zone Code      Old Zone Name                   New Zone Name

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

UTZ484        Western Book Cliffs              Tavaputs Plateau

 

UTZ488        Manti-La Sal National Forest     Manti National

                                               Forest

 

UTZ494        Canyonlands                      Henry Mountains

 

Table 2:  Changed WFO GJT, CO, Fire Weather Forecast Zone 

Name in UT:

 

Zone Code     Old Zone Name                    New Zone Name

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

UTZ487        Eastern Book Cliffs              Book Cliffs

 

These are fire weather forecast zone name changes only.  No

change is being made to fire weather forecast zone geographic

extents or zone numbers.

 

WFO SLC has fire weather forecast responsibility for

approximately the western two-thirds of Utah, while WFO SLC and

WFO GJT share fire weather forecast responsibility for the

eastern one-third of Utah. Uintah Basin, Moab and Richfield

Interagency Fire Centers (IFC) requested these name changes.

These fire weather product users felt that a different naming

convention would better serve their needs. These changes have

also been coordinated with the Eastern Great Basin Coordination

Center, Utah Interagency Fire Centers, and other fire weather

partners and users in Utah.

 

An updated fire weather zone map shapefile containing the new

zones is online at:

 

http://www.nws.noaa.gov/geodata/catalog/wsom/html/firezone.htm

 

Partners and users of WFO SLC and WFO GJT fire weather products

will need to update their system(s) to continue receiving correct

fire weather forecasts/products.

 

For more information, please contact:

 

Larry Dunn                           Ben Moyer

Meteorologist-in-Charge              Meteorologist-in-Charge

larry.dunn@noaa.gov                  benjamin.moyer@noaa.gov

Salt Lake City, UT 84116             NWS Grand Junction, CO

801-524-4378                         970-243-7007 x 642

 

National Service Change Notices are online at:

 

http://www.weather.gov/os/notif.htm

 

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