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Service Change Notice 14-17

National Weather Service Headquarters Washington DC

1105 AM EDT Mon Mar 10 2014


To:      Subscribers:

         -Family of Services

         -NOAA Weather Wire Service

         -Emergency Managers Weather Information Network


         Other NWS partners and NWS employees


From:    Mark Tew

         Chief, Marine and Coastal Weather Services Branch


Subject: Experimental Spanish Language Hurricane Local Statement

         Issued by the NWS Weather Forecast Office in

         Brownsville, Texas, Effective June 1, 2014


Effective June 1, 2014, the NWS Weather Forecast Office in

Brownsville, Texas, will issue an Experimental Spanish Language

version of the Hurricane Local Statement (HLS) whenever a

tropical storm or hurricane watch/warning is in effect for their

area of responsibility.


The Spanish language version of the HLS is being created for the

large number of Spanish speaking people in south Texas and

northern Mexico.


The product will contain the same segmented information that the

English version of the HLS has, but will not contain Valid Time

Event Codes (VTEC). 


The product will be transmitted over the Satellite Broadcast

Network (SBN) and NOAAPort with the following WMO Heading and



Product Name                     WMO Heading      AWIPS ID

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

Spanish Hurricane Local          WTUS84 KBRO      HLSSPN



WFO Brownsville will issue the Spanish and English versions of

the HLS about the same time.


Users should ensure their systems recognize the new product in

order to receive this product.


A Public Information Notice soliciting user comments will be

issued at a later time.


If you have any questions, please contact


Barry Goldsmith, Warning Coordination Meteorologist

National Weather Service

Brownsville, TX  78521

956-504-1631, ext. 223


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