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Public Information Statement
National Weather Service Headquarters Washington DC
835 AM EDT Mon Oct 20 2014

To:Subscribers:
-Family of Services
-NOAA Weather Wire Service
-Emergency Managers Weather Information Network
-NOAAPORT
Other NWS Partners, and NWS Employees

From:David Soroka
Acting Chief, Marine and Coastal Services Branch

Subject:Soliciting Comments on Proposed Changes to the
 Hurricane Local Statement through November 21, 2014

Reference:Soliciting Comments on an Experimental Hurricane
                Local Watch/Warning Product Issued October 20, 2014

Effective immediately and continuing through November 21, 2014,
the NWS is seeking user feedback on proposed changes to the
Hurricane Local Statement (HLS) for the 2015 hurricane season.

A recommendation from the Hurricane Irene Service Assessment was
to "improve the timing, readability, and usefulness of the HLS
issued by NWS Weather Forecast Offices (WFOs) when an area is
under tropical cyclone threat."

The following changes to the HLS, using input from social
scientists, are being proposed for the 2015 hurricane season for
the Atlantic Hurricane basin:

1. The HLS will not use Valid Time Event Codes (VTEC).
Additional information on VTEC can be found online at:

  http://www.nws.noaa.gov/directives/sym/pd01017003curr.pdf

2. The HLS will contain a succinct meteorological discussion
and will have impact and preparedness information for land
areas only (no marine areas).  Product would be intended
for emergency managers, public and media.

This product is meant to be paired with the WFO Hurricane Local
Watch/Warning Product to provide the complete localized tropical
forecast from each WFO. For more information on the Hurricane
Local Watch/Warning Product, see the Public Information
Statement entitled Soliciting Comments on an Experimental
Hurricane Local Watch/Warning Product issued October 20, 2014:

http://www.nws.noaa.gov/os/notif.htm

A Product Description Document on the proposed changes to the
HLS can be found at:

https://products.weather.gov/PDD/PDD HLS Proposed
Changes_rev.pdf

A complete list of WFOs affected by the proposed changes above
can be found at:

http://www.nws.noaa.gov/om/marine/pns/WFOs-affected.pdf

A static example of the proposed changes to the HLS can be found
at:

http://www.nws.noaa.gov/om/marine/pns/HLS-example.pdf

As part of this proposal, the Hurricane Local Watch/Warning
Product, referenced above, and the Marine Weather Warning (MWW)
will become the mechanism for issuing tropical watches/warnings
at the WFO level in the Atlantic Hurricane basin.

There will be no change in the current format of the HLS issued
by WFOs in the eastern, central and western Pacific Hurricane
basins, except tropical cyclone watches and warning for marine
zones will be moved to the MWW.  WFOs affected are: San Diego,
CA; Los Angles/Oxnard, CA; Honolulu, HI and Guam.

Please provide feedback on the proposed changes at:

http://www.nws.noaa.gov/survey/nws-survey.php?code=HLSPCHNG

For questions regarding this notice, please contact:

John Kuhn
NWS Marine and Coastal Weather Services Branch
Silver Spring, MD  20910
Telephone:  301-713-1677 X121
Email: John.f.kuhn@noaa.gov

National Public Information Statements are online at:

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

$$




000
NOUS41 KWBC 201235
PNSWSH

Public Information Statement
National Weather Service Headquarters Washington DC
835 AM EDT Mon Oct 20 2014

To:Subscribers:
-Family of Services
-NOAA Weather Wire Service
-Emergency Managers Weather Information Network
-NOAAPORT
Other NWS Partners, and NWS Employees

From:David Soroka
Acting Chief, Marine and Coastal Services Branch

Subject:Soliciting Comments on Proposed Changes to the
 Hurricane Local Statement through November 21, 2014

Reference:Soliciting Comments on an Experimental Hurricane
                Local Watch/Warning Product Issued October 20, 2014

Effective immediately and continuing through November 21, 2014,
the NWS is seeking user feedback on proposed changes to the
Hurricane Local Statement (HLS) for the 2015 hurricane season.

A recommendation from the Hurricane Irene Service Assessment was
to "improve the timing, readability, and usefulness of the HLS
issued by NWS Weather Forecast Offices (WFOs) when an area is
under tropical cyclone threat."

The following changes to the HLS, using input from social
scientists, are being proposed for the 2015 hurricane season for
the Atlantic Hurricane basin:

1. The HLS will not use Valid Time Event Codes (VTEC).
Additional information on VTEC can be found online at:

  http://www.nws.noaa.gov/directives/sym/pd01017003curr.pdf

2. The HLS will contain a succinct meteorological discussion
and will have impact and preparedness information for land
areas only (no marine areas).  Product would be intended
for emergency managers, public and media.

This product is meant to be paired with the WFO Hurricane Local
Watch/Warning Product to provide the complete localized tropical
forecast from each WFO. For more information on the Hurricane
Local Watch/Warning Product, see the Public Information
Statement entitled Soliciting Comments on an Experimental
Hurricane Local Watch/Warning Product issued October 20, 2014:

http://www.nws.noaa.gov/os/notif.htm

A Product Description Document on the proposed changes to the
HLS can be found at:

https://products.weather.gov/PDD/PDD HLS Proposed
Changes_rev.pdf

A complete list of WFOs affected by the proposed changes above
can be found at:

http://www.nws.noaa.gov/om/marine/pns/WFOs-affected.pdf

A static example of the proposed changes to the HLS can be found
at:

http://www.nws.noaa.gov/om/marine/pns/HLS-example.pdf

As part of this proposal, the Hurricane Local Watch/Warning
Product, referenced above, and the Marine Weather Warning (MWW)
will become the mechanism for issuing tropical watches/warnings
at the WFO level in the Atlantic Hurricane basin.

There will be no change in the current format of the HLS issued
by WFOs in the eastern, central and western Pacific Hurricane
basins, except tropical cyclone watches and warning for marine
zones will be moved to the MWW.  WFOs affected are: San Diego,
CA; Los Angles/Oxnard, CA; Honolulu, HI and Guam.

Please provide feedback on the proposed changes at:

http://www.nws.noaa.gov/survey/nws-survey.php?code=HLSPCHNG

For questions regarding this notice, please contact:

John Kuhn
NWS Marine and Coastal Weather Services Branch
Silver Spring, MD  20910
Telephone:  301-713-1677 X121
Email: John.f.kuhn@noaa.gov

National Public Information Statements are online at:

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

$$





000
NOUS41 KWBC 201235
PNSWSH

Public Information Statement
National Weather Service Headquarters Washington DC
835 AM EDT Mon Oct 20 2014

To:         Subscribers:
             -Family of Services
             -NOAA Weather Wire Service
             -Emergency Managers Weather Information Network
             -NOAAPORT
             Other NWS Partners and NWS Employees

From:        David Soroka
             Acting Chief, Marine and Coastal Services Branch

Subject:     Soliciting Comments on an Experimental Hurricane
             Local Watch/Warning Product through
             November 21, 2014

Reference:Soliciting Comments on Proposed Changes to the
Hurricane Local Statement issued October 20, 2014

Effective immediately and continuing through November 21, 2014,
the NWS is seeking user feedback on an experimental Hurricane
Local Watch/Warning Product for the Atlantic hurricane basin.

The experimental Hurricane Local Watch/Warning Product is a
segmented, automated product, with each segment being a discrete
zone containing tropical cyclone watches/warnings in effect,
meteorological information, hazards (rain, storm surge, wind,
tornadoes) and their potential impacts, and preparedness
information issued at the Weather Forecast Office (WFO) level.
This product is to be used for parsing by the weather
enterprise. The product will contain Universal Geographic Code
(UGC) and the following Valid Time Event Codes (VTEC):

TR.A - Tropical Storm Watch
TR.W - Tropical Storm Warning
HU.A - Hurricane Watch
HU.W - Hurricane Warning

This product is meant to be paired with the WFO Hurricane Local
Statement (HLS) to provide the complete localized tropical
forecast from each WFO. For changes proposed to the HLS for
2015, please see Public Information Statement on Soliciting
Comments on Proposed Changes to the Hurricane Local Statement
issued Oct 20, 2014 at:

  http://www.nws.noaa.gov/os/notif.htm

Additional information on UGC and VTEC can be found in NWS
Instruction (NWSI) 10-1701 and NWSI 10-1703 respectively:

  http://www.nws.noaa.gov/directives/010/010.htm

This proposed change to the Hurricane Local Watch/Warning
Product is part of several changes proposed to NWS Tropical
Cyclone products for 2015. These changes include:

- Transitioning the Hurricane Local Watch/Warning Product
from experimental to operational, at which time, the
product will become the WFO flagship product for
disseminating tropical cyclone watches and warnings.
Currently, WFOs disseminate this information through the
HLS for the Atlantic hurricane basin when a tropical
cyclone affects its County/Parish Warning Area.

- Issuing tropical cyclone watches and warnings for marine
zones under a WFOs area of responsibility through the
Marine Weather Warning (MWW) and not the Hurricane Local
Watch/Warning Product or HLS

The HLS will become a succinct overview and preparedness product
to be used by emergency managers, public and media. For changes
proposed to the HLS for 2015, please see the Public Information
Statement on Soliciting Comments on Proposed Changes to the
Hurricane Local Statement referenced above.

A complete list of WFOs that would issue the Hurricane Local
Watch/Warning Statement for the Atlantic hurricane basin can be
found at:

      http://www.nws.noaa.gov/om/marine/pns/WFOs-affected.pdf

A Product Description Document can be found at:

      https://products.weather.gov/PDD/PDD WFO TCV_rev.pdf

The experimental Hurricane Local Watch/Warning Product will not
be disseminated for an actual event during the remainder of the
2014 Atlantic Hurricane Season.  However, a static example can
be found at:

               http://www.nws.noaa.gov/om/marine/pns/TCV-example.pdf

Please provide feedback on this example at:

http://www.nws.noaa.gov/survey/nws-survey.php?code=HLWWEXP

For questions regarding this notice, please contact:

John Kuhn
NWS Marine and Coastal Weather Services Branch
Silver Spring, MD  20910
Telephone:  301-713-1677 X121
Email: John.F.Kuhn@noaa.gov

National Public Information Statements are online at:

      http://www.nws.noaa.gov/os/notif.htm

$$





000
NOUS41 KWBC 201235
PNSWSH

Public Information Statement
National Weather Service Headquarters Washington DC
835 AM EDT Mon Oct 20 2014

To:         Subscribers:
             -Family of Services
             -NOAA Weather Wire Service
             -Emergency Managers Weather Information Network
             -NOAAPORT
             Other NWS Partners and NWS Employees

From:        David Soroka
             Acting Chief, Marine and Coastal Services Branch

Subject:     Soliciting Comments on an Experimental Hurricane
             Local Watch/Warning Product through
             November 21, 2014

Reference:Soliciting Comments on Proposed Changes to the
Hurricane Local Statement issued October 20, 2014

Effective immediately and continuing through November 21, 2014,
the NWS is seeking user feedback on an experimental Hurricane
Local Watch/Warning Product for the Atlantic hurricane basin.

The experimental Hurricane Local Watch/Warning Product is a
segmented, automated product, with each segment being a discrete
zone containing tropical cyclone watches/warnings in effect,
meteorological information, hazards (rain, storm surge, wind,
tornadoes) and their potential impacts, and preparedness
information issued at the Weather Forecast Office (WFO) level.
This product is to be used for parsing by the weather
enterprise. The product will contain Universal Geographic Code
(UGC) and the following Valid Time Event Codes (VTEC):

TR.A - Tropical Storm Watch
TR.W - Tropical Storm Warning
HU.A - Hurricane Watch
HU.W - Hurricane Warning

This product is meant to be paired with the WFO Hurricane Local
Statement (HLS) to provide the complete localized tropical
forecast from each WFO. For changes proposed to the HLS for
2015, please see Public Information Statement on Soliciting
Comments on Proposed Changes to the Hurricane Local Statement
issued Oct 20, 2014 at:

  http://www.nws.noaa.gov/os/notif.htm

Additional information on UGC and VTEC can be found in NWS
Instruction (NWSI) 10-1701 and NWSI 10-1703 respectively:

  http://www.nws.noaa.gov/directives/010/010.htm

This proposed change to the Hurricane Local Watch/Warning
Product is part of several changes proposed to NWS Tropical
Cyclone products for 2015. These changes include:

- Transitioning the Hurricane Local Watch/Warning Product
from experimental to operational, at which time, the
product will become the WFO flagship product for
disseminating tropical cyclone watches and warnings.
Currently, WFOs disseminate this information through the
HLS for the Atlantic hurricane basin when a tropical
cyclone affects its County/Parish Warning Area.

- Issuing tropical cyclone watches and warnings for marine
zones under a WFOs area of responsibility through the
Marine Weather Warning (MWW) and not the Hurricane Local
Watch/Warning Product or HLS

The HLS will become a succinct overview and preparedness product
to be used by emergency managers, public and media. For changes
proposed to the HLS for 2015, please see the Public Information
Statement on Soliciting Comments on Proposed Changes to the
Hurricane Local Statement referenced above.

A complete list of WFOs that would issue the Hurricane Local
Watch/Warning Statement for the Atlantic hurricane basin can be
found at:

      http://www.nws.noaa.gov/om/marine/pns/WFOs-affected.pdf

A Product Description Document can be found at:

      https://products.weather.gov/PDD/PDD WFO TCV_rev.pdf

The experimental Hurricane Local Watch/Warning Product will not
be disseminated for an actual event during the remainder of the
2014 Atlantic Hurricane Season.  However, a static example can
be found at:

               http://www.nws.noaa.gov/om/marine/pns/TCV-example.pdf

Please provide feedback on this example at:

http://www.nws.noaa.gov/survey/nws-survey.php?code=HLWWEXP

For questions regarding this notice, please contact:

John Kuhn
NWS Marine and Coastal Weather Services Branch
Silver Spring, MD  20910
Telephone:  301-713-1677 X121
Email: John.F.Kuhn@noaa.gov

National Public Information Statements are online at:

      http://www.nws.noaa.gov/os/notif.htm

$$






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