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NOUS41 KWBC 191842

Service Change Notice 14-65
National Weather Service Headquarters Washington DC
142 PM EST Fri Dec 19 2014

TO:        Subscribers:
           -Family of Services
           -NOAA Weather Wire Service
           -Emergency Managers Weather Information Network
           Other NWS partners and NWS employees

FROM:      Cindy P. Woods
           Chief, Operations and Requirements Division
           Chief, Performance and Awareness Division

SUBJECT:   Use of Mixed Case Text in Select RiverPro Products
           at All Weather Forecast Offices Effective on or
           about January 28, 2015

Effective on or about Wednesday, January 28, 2015, the NWS will
operationally implement select mixed case text RiverPro products
at all NWS Weather Forecast Offices (WFOs).

The following RiverPro products will be issued in mixed case

ESF - Hydrologic Outlook (if using RiverPro)
FFA - Flood Watch for Forecast Points (NOT the GHG Areal Flood
FLW - Flood Warning for Forecast Points (NOT the WarnGen Areal
      Flood Warning)
FLS - Flood Statement - Follow-up to Flood Warning for Forecast
      Points (NOT the WarnGen Flood Statement - Follow-up to
      Areal Flood Warning)
FLS - Flood Statement - Flood Advisory for Forecast Points (NOT
      the WarnGen Flood Statement - Areal Advisories)
RVS - Hydrologic Statement (if using RiverPro)
RVA - Hydrologic Summary (if using RiverPro)
RVD - River and Lake Forecast Product (if using RiverPro)
HYx - Hydrometeorological Data Summary Products (if using
      RiverPro) (where x is either D, W or M)
RTP - Maximum/Minimum Temperature and Precipitation Table
AGO - Agricultural Observations

This is a continuation of the risk-reduction effort began in
August 2010.  At that time, NWS began issuing national Public
Information Statement (PNS) products using mixed case text and
the expanded punctuation/character set:

In October 2011, select WFOs began issuing the Area Forecast
Discussion (AFD), Regional Weather Summary (RWS) and PNS products
in the mixed case text format:

NWS partners and users of these WFO text products are encouraged
to consider NWS intent and comment regarding this next step in
the risk reduction effort. User feedback will help the NWS better
plan the eventual transition of all NWS text products to mixed
case and the expanded character set.

Mixed case text guidelines are online at:

The NWS is working to minimize the impact of this transition on
NWS users and will issue additional notices and statements as
updated user information is available.

If you have questions, please contact:

Michael J. Szkil
Chief, Awareness Branch
Silver Spring, MD

National Service Change Notices are online at:

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