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PUBLIC INFORMATION STATEMENT
NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE WAKEFIELD VA
1219 PM EST FRI MAR 6 2015

...PUBLIC INFORMATION STATEMENT...

TO:      SUBSCRIBERS:
         -FAMILY OF SERVICES
         -NOAA WEATHER WIRE SERVICE
         -EMERGENCY MANAGERS WEATHER INFORMATION NETWORK
         -NOAAPORT
         OTHER NWS PARTNERS AND NWS EMPLOYEES

FROM:    BILL SAMMLER
         WARNING COORDINATION METEOROLOGIST
         NWS WAKEFIELD, VA

SUBJECT: NEW FIRE AND PUBLIC FORECAST ZONES AND BOUNDARY CHANGES
FOR CENTRAL AND NORTHEAST VIRGINIA, EFFECTIVE APRIL 7, 2015

EFFECTIVE TUESDAY, APRIL 7, 2015, AT 900 AM EASTERN DAYLIGHT
TIME (EDT), 1300 COORDINATED UNIVERSAL TIME (UTC), SEVERAL CHANGES
WILL BE MADE TO EXISTING FIRE AND PUBLIC FORECAST ZONES IN
CENTRAL, NORTHEAST AND SOUTHEAST VIRGINIA.

THESE CHANGES INCLUDE SPLITTING 7 EXISTING FIRE AND PUBLIC
FORECAST ZONES IN CENTRAL AND NORTHEAST VIRGINIA INTO 14 ZONES.
IN ADDITION, 2 FIRE AND PUBLIC ZONES IN SOUTHEAST VIRGINIA WILL
BE SPLIT INTO 3 ZONES. THE NEW ZONES ARE SHOWN BELOW IN TABLE 1.

IN ALL CASES, FIRE AND PUBLIC ZONES ARE IDENTICAL IN ZONE NAME,
ZONE NUMBER AND GEOGRAPHIC EXTENT.

A GRAPHIC DEPICTING THESE CHANGES IS ONLINE AT:

  HTTP://WWW.NWS.NOAA.GOV/OS/PUBLIC/AKQ_ZONES.PDF

THESE ZONES ARE BEING CHANGED TO IMPROVE WARNING ACCURACY IN
HIGHLY POPULATED AREAS IN CENTRAL AND NORTHEAST VIRGINIA. THESE
ZONES HAVE CLIMATOLOGICAL DIFFERENCES AFFECTING PRECIPITATION
TYPE DURING WINTER WEATHER EVENTS. THE CHANGES WILL RESULT IN
MORE GEOGRAPHICALLY PRECISE FORECASTS, WATCH AND WARNING
PRODUCTS AND WILL ENHANCE WEB-BASED GRAPHICAL PRODUCT
CONSISTENCY AND APPEARANCE.

THE ZONE CHANGE IN SOUTHEAST VIRGINIA WILL ALSO RESULT IN MORE
GEOGRAPHICALLY PRECISE WATCH, WARNING AND ADVISORY PRODUCTS, AND
IMPROVE WARNING ACCURACY DURING TROPICAL CYCLONE AND WINTER
STORM EVENTS.

THESE ZONE CHANGES REQUIRE PARTNERS AND USERS TO TAKE
APPROPRIATE ACTION TO RECEIVE THE NEW ZONE PRODUCTS USING THE
UNIVERSAL GENERIC CODE (UGC) ZONE CODE FORMAT (Z) LISTED IN
TABLE 1.

PRODUCTS AFFECTED BY THIS CHANGE ARE LISTED IN TABLE 2. THIS
LIST OF PRODUCTS MAY NOT BE EXHAUSTIVE AND OTHER PRODUCTS WHICH
CONTAIN UGC (Z) MAY ALSO BE AFFECTED.

TABLE 1. NEW FIRE AND PUBLIC ZONE NAMES AND NUMBERS FOR CENTRAL,
NORTHEAST AND SOUTHEAST VIRGINIA

OLD ZONE NAME   OLD UGC(Z)  NEW ZONE NAME            NEW UGC (Z)
-------------   ----------  -------------            -----------
LOUISA           VAZ049     WESTERN LOUISA            VAZ509
                            EASTERN LOUISA            VAZ510

HANOVER          VAZ063     WESTERN HANOVER           VAZ511
                            EASTERN HANOVER           VAZ512

CHESTERFIELD     VAZ070     WESTERN CHESTERFIELD      VAZ513
 INCLUDING
 COLONIAL HEIGHTS           EASTERN CHESTERFIELD
                            INCLUDING COLONIAL HGTS.  VAZ514

HENRICO          VAZ071     WESTERN HENRICO
 INCLUDING CITY              INCLUDING CITY OF
 OF RICHMOND                 RICHMOND                 VAZ515
                            EASTERN HENRICO           VAZ516

KING WILLIAM     VAZ072     WESTERN KING WILLIAM      VAZ517
                            EASTERN KING WILLIAM      VAZ518

KING AND QUEEN   VAZ073     WESTERN KING AND QUEEN    VAZ519
                            EASTERN KING AND QUEEN    VAZ520

ESSEX            VAZ074     WESTERN ESSEX             VAZ521
                            EASTERN ESSEX             VAZ522

YORK/POQUOSON    VAZ091     YORK                      VAZ523
                            HAMPTON/POQUOSON          VAZ525

HAMPTON/NEWPORT  VAZ094     NEWPORT NEWS              VAZ524
NEWS                        HAMPTON/POQUOSON          VAZ525

TABLE 2. WFO AKQ PRODUCTS AFFECTED BY THESE CHANGES:

PRODUCT NAME                   WMO HEADER      AWIPS ID
------------                   -----------     --------
SPECIAL WEATHER STATEMENT      WWUS81 KAKQ     SPSAKQ
HURRICANE LOCAL STATEMENT      WTUS81 KAKQ     HLSAKQ
ZONE FORECAST PRODUCT          FPUS51 KAKQ     ZFPAKQ
SHORT TERM FORECAST            FPUS71 KAKQ     NOWAKQ
HAZARDOUS WEATHER OUTLOOK      FLUS41 KAKQ     HWOAKQ
NON-PRECIPITATION MESSAGE      WWUS71 KAKQ     NPWAKQ
WINTER WEATHER MESSAGE         WWUS41 KAKQ     WSWAKQ
AREA FORECAST MATRICES         FOUS51 KAKQ     AFMAKQ
FIRE WEATHER FORECAST          FNUS51 KAKQ     FWFAKQ
FLOOD WATCH                    WGUS61 KAKQ     FFAAKQ
HYDROLOGIC OUTLOOK             FGUS71 KAKQ     ESFAKQ
FIRE WEATHER WATCH             WWUS81 KAKQ     RFWAKQ
RED FLAG WARNING               WWUS81 KAKQ     RFWAKQ
PUBLIC INFORMATION STATEMENT   WOUS41 KAKQ     PNSAKQ
POINT FORECAST MATRICES        FOUS51 KAKQ     PFMAKQ
AREA FORECAST DISCUSSION       FXUS61 KAKQ     AFDAKQ
PRECIPITATION AND TEMPERATURE
 SUMMARY                       SXUS51 KAKQ     HYDAKQ
DAILY RIVER AND LAKE SUMMARY   FGUS51 KAKQ     RVDAKQ
HYDROLOGIC STATEMENT           FGUS81 KAKQ     RVSAKQ
HYDROLOGIC SUMMARY             SRUS41 KAKQ     RVAAKQ
AIR QUALITY ALERT              AEUS71 KAKQ     AQAAKQ
AIR QUALITY FORECAST           AEUS71 KAKQ     AQIAKQ
COASTAL HAZARD MESSAGE         WHUS41 KAKQ     CFWAKQ

IF YOU ARE AFFECTED BY THESE CHANGES, TAKE THE APPROPRIATE
ACTION SO YOUR SYSTEM(S) RECOGNIZE THE NEW ZONE (Z) UNIVERSAL
GEOGRAPHIC CODES (UGC) AND THE NEW ZONE ALIGNMENTS.

AN UPDATED PUBLIC ZONE SHAPEFILE IS ONLINE AT:

  HTTP://WWW.WEATHER.GOV/GEODATA/CATALOG/WSOM/HTML/PUBZONE.HTM

AN UPDATED FIRE ZONE SHAPEFILE IS ONLINE AT:

  HTTP://WWW.WEATHER.GOV/GEODATA/CATALOG/WSOM/HTML/FIREZONE.HTM

THE PROPOSED CHANGES TO THE AKQ ZONE BOUNDARIES HAVE BEEN
CLOSELY COORDINATED WITH LOCAL PARTNERS AND USERS TO BE READY
FOR IMPLEMENTATION ON APRIL 7, 2015.

FOR MORE INFORMATION, PLEASE CONTACT:

  BILL SAMMLER                         JOHN KOCH
  WARNING COORDINATION METEOROLOGIST   PUBLIC PROGRAM LEADER
  NWS WAKEFIELD, VA                    NWS EASTERN REGION HQ
  WAKEFIELD VA 23888-2742              BOHEMIA NY 11716
  757-899-5732                         631-244-0104
  WILLIAM.SAMMLER@NOAA.GOV             JOHN.KOCH@NOAA.GOV

NATIONAL SERVICE CHANGE NOTICES ARE ONLINE AT:

  HTTP://WWW.WEATHER.GOV/OS/NOTIF.HTM


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