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Service Change Notice 17-51

National Weather Service Headquarters, Silver Spring, MD

945 AM EDT Tue Apr 18 2017

 

To:       Subscribers:

          -NOAA Weather Wire Service

          -Emergency Managers Weather Information Network

          -NOAAPORT

          Other NWS Partners and Employees

 

FROM:     Allison Allen

          Chief, Marine, Tropical, and Tsunami Services Branch

 

SUBJECT:  Impact Based Warnings for Special Marine Warnings  

          (SMW) and Marine Weather Statements (MWS) for WFOs

          Honolulu and Guam will become operational May 18, 2017

 

Effective Thursday, May 18, 2017, Weather Forecast Offices (WFO)

Honolulu and Guam will transition to the Impact Based Warning

(IBW) format for Special Marine Warnings SMW and MWS that follow

the SMW.  WSO Pago Pago will transition at a later to be

determined date. These products will convey information about

associated impacts, specific hazards expected, and recommended

actions both within bullet statements and as part of the tag

line codes.

 

This is the first step for WFO Guam and WFO Honolulu in a

transition to IBW for all short-fused hazards products.  This

format change will help improve the communication of crucial

decision support and risk assessment information to partners and

users within the guidelines of governing policy and the existing

operational environment. 

 

The NWS has been evaluating the IBW format since 2013 at

conterminous United States (CONUS) WFOs.  Successes with this

format along with comments received from the public, partners

and social scientists have all been positive.

 

In the new version of these products, hazard, source and impact

will be identified.

 

For example:

<Begin example>

HAZARD...WATERSPOUTS and WIND GUSTS 34 KNOTS OR GREATER.

 

SOURCE...RADAR INDICATED.

 

IMPACT...WATERSPOUTS CAN QUICKLY FORM AND CAPSIZE BOATS...DAMAGE

VESSELS AND CREATE SUDDENLY HIGHER WAVES.  MAKE SURE ALL ON

BOARD ARE IN A SECURE LOCATION AND WEARING LIFE JACKETS.  EXPECT

WIND GUSTS IN EXCESS OF 34 KNOTS...SUDDENLY HIGHER

WAVES...FREQUENT LIGHTNING AND HEAVY DOWNPOURS.

<End example>

 

WFO Honolulu and WFO Guam will also include tags at the end of

the SMWs and MWSs that follow-up SMWs, which designates the

threat expected:  Waterspout, Wind or Hail.

 

This change will include the experimental addition of a forecast

tag labeled "WATERSPOUT" at the bottom of SMWs and MWSs noting

that follow-up SMWs will transition to operational for WFO

Honolulu and WFO Guam. The transition to operational will occur

for WSO Pago Pago at a later date. A Service Change Notice will

be issued at that time.

 

The permanent addition of Waterspout, Hail and Wind adds plain

text lines below the product after the dollar sign, dollar sign

and the LAT...LON information.

 

For example:

 

[dollar sign, dollar sign]

 

LAT...LON 4298 8242 4261 8252 4261 8253 4276 8248

      4294 8245

TIME...MOT...LOC 1400Z 263DEG 40KT 4284 8289 4244 8291

 

WATERSPOUT...POSSIBLE

HAIL...[greater than].75IN

WIND...40KTS

 

[dollar sign, dollar sign]

 

NAME

 

The additional information is also found elsewhere within the

product, simply summarized on the lines below.  If a waterspout 

threat does not exist, the waterspout tag line is omitted.

 

For details on this product enhancement, please see:

 

http://products.weather.gov/PDD/PDDSMWWaterspoutTags2017.pdf

 

For more information, please contact:

Richard May

Marine Meteorologist

NWS Headquarters, Silver Spring, MD 20910

(301) 427-9378

Richard.May@noaa.gov

 

National Public Information Statements are online at:

 

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

 

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