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Service Change Notice 15-43: Amended

National Weather Service Headquarters Washington DC

335 PM EDT Fri Oct 9 2015

 

TO:       Subscribers:

          -Family of Services

          -NOAA Weather Wire Service

          -Emergency Managers Weather Information Network

          -NOAAPORT

          Other NWS Partners and NWS Employees

 

FROM      Heath Hockenberry

          Acting Chief, Severe, Fire, Public and Winter Services

           Branch

 

SUBJECT:  Amended: New Fire and Public Forecast Zones

          for Monongalia, Preston and Tucker Counties in West

          Virginia effective November 10, 2015

 

Amended to change effective date to November 10, 2015

 

Corrected to remove the Watch County Notification (WCN) product

from the list of affected products

 

Effective Tuesday, November 10, 2015, at 1800 Coordinated

Universal Time (UTC), 1 pm EST, the NWS Weather Forecast Office

in Pittsburgh, PA (PBZ), will split its fire and public forecast

zones for Monongalia, Preston and Tucker Counties in West

Virginia. These changes will allow long fused watches, warnings,

advisories and forecasts for these counties to be more

geographically specific.

 

-Preston County (WVZ023) zone will be divided into three parts:

Ridges of Eastern Monongalia and Northwestern Preston (WVZ510)

Preston (WVZ511) and Eastern Preston (WVZ512)

 

-Tucker County (WVZ041) zone will be divided into western

(Western Tucker - WVZ513) and eastern (Eastern Tucker - WVZ514)

zones.

 

-Monongalia County (WVZ022) will be divided into two parts with

the eastern part of the county being combined with the

Northwestern Preston County zone (WVZ510), and the western part

of the zone maintaining its name, but being renumbered

(Monongalia - WVZ509).

 

The new zones will be assigned new zone names and numbers as

shown in Table 1. These fire and public zone 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

 

New                  UGC (Z)  Existing             UGC (Z)

 Fire/Public                   Fire/Public

 Zone Name                     Zone Name

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

 

MONONGALIA           WVZ509   MONONGALIA           WVZ022

RIDGES OF EASTERN    WVZ510   MONONGALIA/PRESTON   WVZ022/WVZ023

 MONONGALIA AND

 NORTHWESTERN

 PRESTON

 

PRESTON              WVZ511   PRESTON              WVZ023

EASTERN PRESTON      WVZ512   PRESTON              WVZ023

WESTERN TUCKER       WVZ513   TUCKER               WVZ041

EASTERN TUCKER       WVZ514   TUCKER               WVZ041

 

A map of the old zones and new zone changes can be found at:

 

  http://www.nws.noaa.gov/os/afs/pittsburgh_zone.png

 

An updated public zone shapefile is online at:

 

  http://www.weather.gov/geodata/catalog/wsom/html/pubzone.htm

 

An updated fire zone shapefile is online at:

 

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

 

Products affected by this change are listed in Table 2.

 

TABLE 2. Affected Fire and Public Products:

 

 PRODUCT NAME                      AWIPS ID     WMO HEADER

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

 PUBLIC ZONE FORECAST              ZFPPBZ       FPUS51 KPBZ

 POINT FORECAST MATRICES           PFMPBZ       FOUS51 KPBZ

 FIRE WEATHER FORECAST             FWFPBZ       FNUS51 KPBZ

 HAZARDOUS WEATHER OUTLOOK         HWOPBZ       FLUS41 KPBZ

 NON-PRECIP ADVSY/WATCH/WARNING    NPWPBZ       WWUS71 KPBZ

 WINTER STORM ADVSY/WATCH/WARNING  WSWPBZ       WWUS41 KPBZ

 SPECIAL WEATHER STATEMENT         SPSPBZ       WWUS81 KPBZ

 PUBLIC INFORMATION STATEMENT      PNSPBZ       NOUS41 KPBZ

 SHORT-TERM FORECAST               NOWPBZ       FPUS71 KPBZ

 RED FLAG WARNING                  RFWPBZ       WWUS81 KPBZ

 AREA FORECAST DISCUSSION          AFDPBZ       FXUS61 KPBZ

 AREA FORECAST MATRICES            AFMPBZ       FOUS51 KPBZ

 AIR QUALITY ALERT                 AQAPBZ       AEUS71 KPBZ

 AIR QUALITY FORECAST              AQIPBZ       AEUS71 KPBZ

 

For more information, please contact:

 

    Fred McMullen, Warning Coordination Meteorologist

    National Weather Service

    Pittsburgh PA 15108

    412-262-1591

    fred.mcmullen@noaa.gov

 

National Service Change Notices are online at:

 

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

 

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