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Service Change Notice 17-126 Updated

National Weather Service Headquarters Silver Spring MD

1130 AM EST Fri Dec 1 2017     

 

To:      Subscribers:

         -NOAA Weather Wire Service

         -Emergency Managers Weather Information Network

         -NOAAPORT

         Other NWS Partners and NWS Employees

         

From:    Michelle Hawkins, Chief

         Severe, Fire, Public and Winter Services Branch

 

Subject: Updated: Implementing improved public and fire zone

         coverage for the Coastal counties along the middle

         Texas Coast Effective April 3, 2018

 

Updated public and fire zone names for TXZ347 and TXZ447 to

Coastal Calhoun County and Calhoun County Islands, respectively

in Table 2

 

Effective Tuesday April 3, 2018, at 1200 PM Central Daylight

Time (CDT), 1800 Coordinated Universal Time (UTC), the NWS will

realign coastal public and fire zones within the Weather

Forecast Office (WFO) Corpus Christi area of responsibility

along the middle Texas Coast. The changes involve the following

public zones:

 

In total, 6 current zones will be converted into 15 separate

zones. These new zones are divided to optimize issuance of

hazard products for conditions that vary significantly within

the coastal environment.

 

TXZ242 (Kleberg County) will be divided into 3 segments: Kleberg

Islands (TXZ442), Coastal Kleberg (TXZ342) and Inland Kleberg

(TXZ242).

TXZ243 (Nueces County) will be divided into 3 segments: Nueces

Islands (TXZ443), Coastal Nueces (TXZ343) and Inland Nueces

(TXZ243).

TXZ244 (San Patricio County) will be divided into 2 segments:

Coastal San Patricio (TXZ344) and Inland San Patricio (TXZ244).

TXZ245 (Aransas County) will be divided into 2 segments: Aransas

Islands (TXZ345) and Coastal Aransas (TXZ245).

TXZ246 (Refugio County) will be divided into 2 segments: Coastal

Refugio (TXZ346) and Inland Refugio (TXZ246).

TXZ247 (Calhoun County) will be divided into 3 segments: Calhoun

Islands (TXZ447), Coastal Calhoun (TXZ347) and Inland Calhoun

(TXZ247).

 

Table 1:  Current coastal public and fire zones and

corresponding Universal Geographic Codes (UGC) for WFO Corpus

Christi, TX

 

UGC: Current Public/Fire Zone Name

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TXZ242: Kleberg County

TXZ243: Nueces County

TXZ244: San Patricio County

TXZ245: Aransas County

TXZ246: Refugio County

TXZ247: Calhoun County

 

Table 2: Public/Fire Zones and corresponding Universal

Geographic Codes (UGC) for which WFO Corpus Christi, TX, will

issue forecasts and warnings effective April 3, 2018

 

UGC: New Public/Fire Zone Name

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TXZ242: Inland Kleberg County

TXZ342: Coastal Kleberg County

TXZ442: Kleberg County Islands

 

TXZ243: Inland Nueces County

TXZ343: Coastal Nueces County

TXZ443: Nueces County Islands

 

TXZ244: Inland San Patricio County

TXZ344: Coastal San Patricio County

 

TXZ245: Coastal Aransas County

TXZ345: Aransas County Islands

 

TXZ246: Inland Refugio County

TXZ346: Coastal Refugio County

 

TXZ247: Inland Calhoun County

TXZ347: Coastal Calhoun County

TXZ447: Calhoun County Islands

 

Table 3:  Primary cities included in the new public/fire zones

effective April 3, 2018

 

UGC: Primary cities within New Zones

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

TXZ242: Kingsville, Loyola Beach, Ricardo, Riviera

TXZ342: None

TXZ442: None

 

TXZ243: Corpus Christi, Robstown, Bishop

TXZ343: Corpus Christi, Flour Bluff

TXZ443: Port Aransas

 

TXZ244: Mathis, Sinton, St.Paul, Taft, Tynan

TXZ344: Aransas Pass, Ingleside, Portland

 

TXZ245: Fulton, Rockport

TXZ345: None

 

TXZ246: Refugio, Woodsboro

TXZ346: Bayside, Austwell

 

TXZ247: Kamay, Long Mott

TXZ347: Seadrift, Port Lavaca

TXZ447: None

 

Graphical images of the current and future public and fire

weather zones listed above are online at:

 

https://www.weather.gov/crp/CRPZoneChanges

 

Table 4:  NWS products affected by the WFO Corpus Christi TX

public and fire zone changes effective April 3, 2018:

 

PRODUCT NAME                  AWIPS ID       WMO HEADING

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

COASTAL FLOOD WARNING         CFWCRP         WHUS44 KCRP

NON PRECIPITATION WARNING     NPWCRP         WWUS74 KCRP

FIRE WEATHER MESSAGE          RFWCRP         WWUS84 KCRP

WINTER WEATHER MESSAGE        WSWCRP         WWUS44 KCRP

HAZARDOUS WEATHER OUTLOOK     HWOCRP         FLUS44 KCRP

AREA FORECAST MATRICES        AFMCRP         FOUS54 KCRP

FIRE WEATHER FORECAST         FWFCRP         FNUS54 KCRP

SHORT TERM FORECAST           NOWCRP         FPUS74 KCRP

FIRE DANGER STATEMENT         RFDCRP         FNUS64 KCRP

SPECIAL WEATHER STATEMENT     SPSCRP         WWUS84 KCRP

ZONE FORECAST                 ZFPCRP         FPUS54 KCRP

 

 

Users of WFOs Corpus Christi products must reprogram affected

hardware and software to continue correctly processing the above

mentioned products.

 

Users accessing NWS graphical forecasts must download updated

zone map shapefiles to correctly view forecasts for coastal

South Texas. Updated zone map shapefiles containing the new

public and fire zones are available online at:

 

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

 

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

 

If you have any questions, please contact

 

Thomas Johnstone

Meteorologist in Charge       

Corpus Christi TX 78374     

361-289-0959 x222                  

                             

National Service Change Notices are online at:

 

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

 

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