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Service Change Notice 16-06

National Weather Service Headquarters Washington DC

215 PM EST Mon Feb 29 2016

 

To:       Subscribers:

          -NOAA Weather Wire Service

          -Emergency Managers Weather Information Network

          -NOAAPORT

          Other NWS Partners and NWS Employees

 

From:     Robyn Heffernan

          Acting Chief, Severe, Fire, Public and Winter Services

           Branch

 

Subject:  Service Transfer of Fire Weather Zones ALZ014 in North

          Central Alabama Effective April 5, 2016

 

Effective Tuesday, April 5, 2016, at 400 AM Central Daylight

Time (CDT), 0900 Coordinated Universal Time (UTC), fire weather

forecast responsibility for Alabama Fire Weather Zone ALZ014

(Winston) will be transferred from NWS Weather Forecast Office

(WFO) Birmingham, AL, (BMX) to NWS WFO Huntsville, AL, (HUN). 

All fire weather zone numbers and names will remain unaltered.

 

The zone transfer will simplify coordination and better serve

the needs of those who use NWS fire weather services at the 

U.S. Forest Service (USFS) Bankhead National Forest by allowing

them to receive all fire weather forecasts from one NWS WFO.

 

Table 1:  ALZ014 (Winston) Fire Weather Watch, Warning, and

Forecast Products affected by this change

 

Product            Old WMO Heading      New/WMO Heading

                    /AWIPS ID            /AWIPS ID

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Fire Weather

 Watch/Warning      WWUS84 KBMX/RFWBMX   WWUS84 KHUN/RFWHUN

 

Fire Weather        FNUS54 KBMX/FWFBMX   FNUS54 KHUN/FWFHUN

 Planning forecast

 

National Fire       FNUS84 KBMX/FWMBMX   FNUS84 KHUN/FWMHUN

 Danger Rating

 System Forecast

 

Spot Forecast       FNUS74 KBMX/FWSBMX   FNUS74 KHUN/FWSHUN

 

Spot Forecast       BMBB91 KBMX/STQBMX   BMBB91 KHUN/STQHUN

  Request

 

Partners and users of WFO BMX and WFO HUN fire weather services

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

appropriate products for ALZ014 (Winston).

 

No changes are being made to any public weather forecast zone.

 

An updated fire zone shapefile is online at:

 

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

 

For more information, please contact:

 

  Chris Darden

  Meteorologist-in-Charge

  NWS Weather Forecast Office Huntsville, AL

  Huntsville, AL 35805

  256-890-8503 x 222

  chris.darden@noaa.gov

 

  Jim Stefkovich

  Meteorologist-in-Charge

  NWS Weather Forecast Office Birmingham, AL

  Birmingham, AL 35040

  205-664-3010 x 222

  jim.stefkovich@noaa.gov

 

National Service Change Notices are online at:

 

  http://www.weather.gov/os/notif.htm

 

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