Public Information Statement
Issued by NWS San Juan, PR

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PUBLIC INFORMATION STATEMENT
NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE SAN JUAN PR
1105 AM AST THU OCT 30 2014

...NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE SAN JUAN WILL LAUNCH THE SURF ZONE FORECAST...

IN ORDER TO ACHIEVE OUR MISSION OF SAVING LIVES, THE NATIONAL WEATHER
SERVICE FORECAST OFFICE IN SAN JUAN WILL START ISSUING THE SURF
ZONE FORECAST FOR 15 BEACHES IN PUERTO RICO AND U.S. VIRGIN
ISLANDS. THE FIRST ISSUANCE OF THIS PRODUCT WILL BE ON NOVEMBER
1ST, 2014.

THE SWELL SEASON STARTS ON NOVEMBER 1ST AND EXTENDS UNTIL APRIL
30TH. THIS WILL RESULT IN LONG PERIOD SWELLS AFFECTING OUR REGIONAL
WATERS SEVERAL TIMES EACH MONTH. ALTHOUGH, SURFERS LOVE THESE SWELLS,
BEACH GOERS ARE THREATENED BY RIP CURRENTS. THESE WAVE INDUCED CURRENTS
RESULT IN, AT LEAST, 30 REPORTED DEATHS A YEAR IN PUERTO RICO AND
U.S. VIRGIN ISLANDS.

THE SURF ZONE FORECAST (SRF) PROVIDES VALUABLE AND LIFE-SAVING
INFORMATION, PERTAINING TO HAZARDS IN THE SURF ZONE, TO THE
BEACHFRONT COMMUNITY, INCLUDING THE GENERAL PUBLIC AND PROVIDERS
OF BEACHFRONT SAFETY SERVICES, SUCH AS LIFEGUARDS AND EMERGENCY
MANAGERS. THE SRF PRODUCT WILL INCLUDE THE FOLLOWING INFORMATION
FOR SELECTED BEACHES IN PUERTO RICO AND U.S. VIRGIN ISLANDS:
LOCATION, BREAKING WAVE HEIGHT, RIP CURRENT RISK AND FORECAST OF
WIND, WEATHER AND TEMPERATURE. RIP CURRENT RISK IN THE SRF WILL
USE THE FOLLOWING 3-TIERED TEXT QUALIFIERS: LOW RISK, MODERATE
RISK AND HIGH RISK.

THIS EFFORT IS THE RESULT OF THE COLLABORATION AMONG NOAA PARTNERS
INCLUDING: NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE FORECAST OFFICE IN SAN JUAN...
NWS SJU...CARIBBEAN COASTAL OCEAN OBSERVING SYSTEM...CARICOOS AND
SEA GRANT PUERTO RICO.

$$

ER/RGH






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