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Service Change Notice 14-38
National Weather Service Headquarters Washington DC
1025 AM EDT Fri Jul 25 2014

TO:       Subscribers:
          -Family of Services
          -NOAA Weather Wire Service
          -Emergency Managers Weather Information Network
          -NOAAPORT
          Other NWS Partners and NWS Employees

FROM      Eli Jacks
          Chief, Fire and Public Weather Services Branch

SUBJECT:  New Fire and Public Forecast Zones for Greenbrier
          County, West Virginia, Effective Tuesday,
          October 7, 2014

Effective Tuesday, October 7, 2014, at 1601 Coordinated Universal
Time (UTC), 12:01 PM EDT, the NWS Weather Forecast Office (WFO)
in Blacksburg (RNK), VA, will split its current fire and public
forecast zone for Greenbrier County, WV, in two. The current
Greenbrier County zone (WVZ045) will be divided into eastern and
western zones.  The new zones will be assigned new zone names and
numbers as shown in Table 1.

These changes will allow long fused watches, warnings, advisories
and forecasts for Greenbrier County to be more area specific.

TABLE 1:  New/Old Fire and Public Zone Configuration Identifiers

NEW FIRE/PUBLIC       New UGC(Z)   OLD FIRE/PUBLIC  OLD UGC(Z)
 ZONE NAME                          ZONE Name
---------------       ------    ------------------  ------
Eastern Greenbrier    WVZ507       Greenbrier       WVZ045
Western Greenbrier    WVZ508       Greenbrier       WVZ045

The fire and public 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.

A map showing the new zones is online at:

  http://origin-www.nws.noaa.gov/om/public/zone/wv_zone.png

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

Products affected by this change are listed in Table 2.

TABLE 2. Affected Fire, Public, and Hydrologic Products:

  PRODUCT NAME                      AWIPS ID     WMO HEADER
  ------------                      ---------    -----------
  PUBLIC ZONE FORECAST              ZFPRNK       FPUS52 KRNK
  POINT FORECAST MATRICES           PFMRNK       FOUS52 KRNK
  FIRE WEATHER FORECAST             FWFRNK       FNUS52 KRNK
  HAZARDOUS WEATHER OUTLOOK         HWORNK       FLUS42 KRNK
  FLASH FLOOD/FLOOD WATCH           FFARNK       WGUS62 KRNK
  NON-PRECIP ADVSY/WATCH/WARNING    NPWRNK       WWUS72 KRNK
  WINTER STORM ADVSY/WATCH/WARNING  WSWRNK       WWUS42 KRNK
  WATCH COUNTY NOTIFICATION         WCNRNK       WWUS62 KRNK
  SPECIAL WEATHER STATEMENT         SPSRNK       WWUS82 KRNK
  PUBLIC INFORMATION STATEMENT      PNSRNK       NOUS42 KRNK
  SHORT-TERM FORECAST               NOWRNK       FPUS72 KRNK
  RED FLAG WARNING                  RFWRNK       WWUS82 KRNK
  AREA FORECAST DISCUSSION          AFDRNK       FXUS62 KRNK
  AREA FORECAST MATRICES            AFMRNK       FOUS52 KRNK
  AIR QUALITY ALERT                 AQARNK       AEUS72 KRNK
  AIR QUALITY FORECAST              AQIRNK       AEUS72 KRNK

For more information, please contact:

  David Wert, Meteorologist-in-Charge
  Phil Hysell, Warning Coordination Meteorologist
  NWS Blacksburg, VA 24060
  540-552-0084
  david.wert@noaa.gov
  phil.hysell@noaa.gov

National Service Change Notices are online at:

  http://www.weather.gov/os/notif.htm

$$


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