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SERVICE CHANGE NOTICE
NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE LA CROSSE WI
1000 AM CST WED FEB 10 2016

TO:      FAMILY OF SERVICES /FOS/ SUBSCRIBERS...NOAA WEATHER
          WIRE SERVICE /NWWS/ SUBSCRIBERS...EMERGENCY MANAGERS
          WEATHER INFORMATION NETWORK /EMWIN/ SUBSCRIBERS...
          NOAAPORT SUBSCRIBERS...NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE /NWS/
          PARTNERS AND OTHER USERS...AND NWS EMPLOYEES

FROM:    MIKE WELVAERT
         SERVICE HYDROLOGIST
         NWS LA CROSSE WI

SUBJECT: NEW FORECAST SERVICE FOR:
         CEDAR RIVER NEAR OSAGE IN MITCHELL COUNTY IN NORTHEAST IOWA
         TREMPEALEAU RIVER AT ARCADIA IN TREMPEALEAU COUNTY WISCONSIN

BEGINNING TODAY...WEDNESDAY FEBRUARY 10TH...NOAA/S NATIONAL WEATHER
SERVICE /NWS/ OFFICE IN LA CROSSE WILL COMMENCE THE PROVISION OF
NEW RIVER FORECAST SERVICE FOR 2 LOCATIONS IN ITS SERVICE AREA:

 THE CEDAR RIVER NEAR OSAGE IOWA
 THE TREMPEALEAU RIVER AT ARCADIA WISCONSIN

THE NEW SERVICES AT THESE LOCATIONS ARE A DIRECT RESULT OF ACTIVE
COORDINATION OVER THE PAST SEVERAL YEARS WITH COUNTY AND LOCAL
OFFICIALS IN THOSE AREAS. THE NEW FORECAST SERVICES WILL NOT ONLY
PROVIDE FLOODING FORECASTS FOR THE COMMUNITIES OF ARCADIA AND OSAGE
AND NEARBY AREAS...BUT IT WILL ALSO ASSIST RECREATIONAL INTERESTS
IN THOSE AREAS.

AS OF TODAY...NWS LA CROSSE WILL BEGIN TO ISSUE HYDROLOGIC PRODUCTS
AS NECESSARY THAT MAY INCLUDE SPECIFIC RIVER FORECASTS. THE HYDROLOGIC
PRODUCTS ARE LISTED IN THE FOLLOWING TABLE:

PRODUCT TYPE                WMO HEADER           PRODUCT IDENTIFIER

HYDROLOGIC OUTLOOK          FGUS73 KARX              MKEESFARX
FLOOD WATCH                 WGUS63 KARX              MKEFFAARX
FLOOD WARNING               WGUS43 KARX              MKEFLWARX
FLOOD STATEMENT             WGUS83 KARX              MKEFLSARX
HYDROLOGIC STATEMENT        FGUS83 KARX              MKERVSARX
RIVER SUMMARY               SRUS43 KARX              MKERVAARX

AN EXPLICIT LIST OF AFFECTED PRODUCTS AND SAMPLE PRODUCTS ARE POSTED
AT:    WWW.CRH.NOAA.GOV/PUBLIC/PRODUCT_EXAMPLES/INDEX.PHP

THE NWS DEFINES FLOOD STAGE AS THE RIVER LEVEL OR FLOW VALUE AT
WHICH IMPACTS TO LIFE AND/OR PROPERTY BEGIN.

AT OSAGE...THE FLOOD STAGE WILL BE 22 FEET. THE MODERATE FLOOD LEVEL
HAS BEEN SET AT 24 FEET...WITH MAJOR FLOODING BEGINNING AT 27 FEET.
FORECASTS WILL BE ISSUED WHEN WATER LEVELS ARE EXPECTED TO EXCEED
20 FEET...AND FLOOD WARNINGS WILL BE ISSUED WHEN WATER LEVELS
ARE EXPECTED TO REACH OR EXCEED THE FLOOD STAGE LEVEL OF 22 FEET.
SINCE THE GAGE EQUIPMENT INSTALLATION IN APRIL OF 2010...THE HIGHEST
WATER LEVEL SEEN HAS BEEN 25.56 FEET ON MAY 20...2013.

THE NWS LOCATION IDENTIFIER /NWSLI/ AT THIS LOCATION IS OSGI4.


AT ARCADIA...THE FLOOD STAGE WILL BE 8 FEET. THE MODERATE FLOOD
LEVEL HAS BEEN SET AT 9 FEET...WITH MAJOR FLOODING BEGINNING ABOVE
10 FEET. FORECASTS WILL BE ISSUED WHEN WATER LEVELS ARE EXPECTED TO
EXCEED 6 FEET...AND FLOOD WARNINGS WILL BE ISSUED WHEN WATER LEVELS
ARE EXPECTED TO REACH OR EXCEED THE FLOOD STAGE LEVEL OF 8 FEET.
THE RECORD FLOOD AT THIS LOCATION WAS A STAGE OF 10.07 FEET ON
SEPTEMBER 24...2010.

THE NWS LOCATION IDENTIFIER /NWSLI/ AT THIS LOCATION IS ARCW3.


IN ADDITION TO THE TEXT INFORMATION DETAILED ABOVE...GRAPHICAL
DEPICTIONS OF RIVER LEVELS AND FORECASTS ARE ALSO AVAILABLE ON OUR
WEBSITE.  THIS CAN BE FOUND UNDER THE RIVERS AND LAKES OPTION ON THE
MAIN LA CROSSE NWS WEB PAGE AT: WWW.WEATHER.GOV/ARX

IF YOU HAVE ANY QUESTIONS OR COMMENTS ON THIS NEW SERVICE...PLEASE
CONTACT:

  MIKE WELVAERT
  SERVICE HYDROLOGIST
  NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE FORECAST OFFICE
  N2788 COUNTY ROAD FA
  LA CROSSE WI 54601
  PHONE: 608-784-8275 EXT. 493
  E-MAIL: MIKE.WELVAERT@NOAA.GOV

THIS AND OTHER NWS SERVICE CHANGE NOTICES ARE AVAILABLE ONLINE AT
 HTTP://WWW.WEATHER.GOV/OM/NOTIF.HTM

$$

WELVAERT


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