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Public Information Statement, Comment Request:Corrected
National Weather Service Headquarters Washington DC
212 PM EST Wed Nov 25 2015

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

From: Michelle Hawkins
 Acting Chief, Marine, Tropical, and Tsunami
 Services Branch

Subject: Corrected:  Soliciting Comments until December 30,
 2016, on the Experimental Tampa Bay Marine Channel

Corrected for issuance date/time in header, name of branch, and
email address of Marcus Austin

The NWS Weather Forecast Office (WFO) Tampa Bay Area is seeking
user comments on the Experimental Tampa Bay Marine Channel
Forecast through December 30, 2016.  The Tampa Bay Marine
Channel Forecast was developed as part of WFO Tampa Bays
Weather-Ready Nation Pilot objective.  The Marine Channel
Forecast uses local NWS digital forecast data for six of the
seven weather elements in the product: winds, gusts, waves,
weather, rain chance and hazards.  For the seventh element,
water level relative to mean sea level, Marine Channel Forecast
currently populates data from the Extra Tropical Surge and Tide
Operational Forecast System (ESTOFS) model produced by the NWS`s
Ocean Prediction Center (OPC).

Forecasts are produced at 13 points along the Tampa Bay shipping
channel. These 13 points were considered by a diverse group of
mariners to be critical points of weather information along the
channel. The Marine Channel Forecast is displayed on a static
Google map with the Tampa Bay shipping channel and the forecast
points overlaid. Users may click on any forecast point to view
the forecast.

The comment period is being extended to solicit additional
comments on new enhancements to the Marine Channel Forecast.
This includes alterations to the current layout (new tabs) and
the addition of cross section forecasts for the route.The
Marine Channel Forecast is currently available at the
following web address:

Users are encouraged to provide feedback on this experimental
product by using the brief survey and comment form at:

or provide comments directly to

At the end of the comment period, if comments are favorable, the
Marine Channel Forecast will be evaluated for national
availability.  At that time, the NWS will then decide whether to
transition the product to operational, extend the comment period
or discontinue the product.

You may obtain more information on this product online at:

For questions regarding this notice, please contact:

Marc Austin
Senior Forecaster
NWS Tampa Bay/Ruskin FL

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