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Public Information Statement 16-03
National Weather Service Headquarters Washington DC
330 PM EST Fri Feb 05 2016

To:  Subscribers:
  - NOAA Weather Wire Service
  - Emergency Managers Weather Information Network
  Other NWS partners and NWS employees

From:  Eli Jacks
  Acting Chief, Severe, Fire, Public and Winter
   Services Branch

Subject:  Change to the Name of the Recreational Report
  (RECAFG) from Mount McKinley Recreational Forecast to
  Denali Recreational Forecast Effective on or about
  April 20, 2016

Effective with the first calendar year 2016 issuance of the
RECAFG (on or about Wednesday, April 20, 2016, at 600 AM Alaska
Daylight Time (AKDT), 1400 Coordinated Universal Time (UTC))
the NWS Weather Forecast Office (WFO) in Fairbanks, AK, will
change the name of the Recreational Report from the Mount
McKinley Recreational Forecast to the Denali Recreational
Forecast. There is no change to the WMO Header (SXAK49 PAFG),
AWIPS ID (RECAFG) or the format of the NWS product.

The product name will be changed to match the official name
change of Mount McKinley to Mount Denali. The U.S. Secretary of
the Interior issued the Secretarial Order that officially
changed the name on August 28, 2015. Denali is the tallest
mountain on the North American continent and has an official
height of 20,310 feet above sea level. Denali is the
traditional Koyukon Athabascan name for the mountain. Denali is
located within Denali National Park and Preserve, AK.

The first recreational report of the season is usually issued
in late April or early May of each year. This product is
available on the web at:

For more information, please contact:

John Lingaas
Warning Coordination Meteorologist
NWS WFO Fairbanks
Fairbanks, AK
(907) 458-3712

Ed Townsend
Marine/Public/Severe Program Manager (Detail)
NWS Alaska Region Headquarters
Anchorage, AK 99513

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