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000 NOUS41 KGYX 032050 PNSGYX ZCZC PWMWRKPWM DEF TTAA00 KPWM DDHHMM MEZ007>009-012>014-018>022-023>028-NHZ001>010-013-014-041200- PUBLIC INFORMATION STATEMENT NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE GRAY ME 450 PM EST MON NOV 03 2014 THE NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE OFFICES THAT SERVE NEW ENGLAND HAVE DECLARED THE WEEK OF NOVEMBER 3RD THROUGH 7TH, WINTER WEATHER AWARENESS WEEK. IN CONJUNCTION WITH WINTER WEATHER AWARENESS WEEK, THE NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE OFFICE IN GRAY WILL BE ISSUING PUBLIC INFORMATION STATEMENTS CONCERNING MANY ASPECTS OF WINTER WEATHER AND WINTER WEATHER PREPAREDNESS. WHILE SOME OF THIS INFORMATION IS TAILORED TOWARD THE STATES OF MAINE AND NEW HAMPSHIRE, MOST OF THE INFORMATION IS PERTINENT TO OTHER AREAS OF THE COUNTRY AS WELL. IN ADVANCE...WE WANT TO THANK OUR FRIENDS IN THE MEDIA FOR HELPING TO BRING THIS IMPORTANT SAFETY INFORMATION TO THE ATTENTION OF THEIR VIEWERS, LISTENERS AND READERS. ...WINTER WEATHER BASICS... FOR THOSE WHO LIVE IN NORTHERN NEW ENGLAND, WINTER WEATHER IS A PART OF LIFE FROM NOVEMBER THROUGH MARCH. FOR MANY, YESTERDAY`S STORM WAS DRAMATIC REMINDER OF THE IMPACTS THAT WINTER WEATHER CAN CREATE. HEAVY SNOW, AND HIGH WINDS CAN CAUSE DANGEROUS DRIVING CONDITIONS, SNAPPED TREE LIMBS, POWER OUTAGES, AND COLD TEMPERATURES AND WIND CHILLS. FOR THOSE THAT ESCAPED THE BRUNT OF YESTERDAY`S STORM, THEIR FIRST TASTE OF WINTER WEATHER CAN`T BE FAR AWAY. SOON...SNOW, SLEET, FREEZING RAIN, COLD TEMPERATURES, AND COLD WIND CHILL TEMPERATURES WILL BE COMMON OCCURRENCES. WHILE MOST OF THE TIME THESE WEATHER ELEMENTS ARE ONLY A NUISANCE TO OUR DAILY ROUTINES, AT TIMES, THEY CAN PRODUCE HAZARDOUS OR LIFE- THREATENING SITUATIONS FOR THOSE WHO ARE NOT PREPARED...OR FOR THOSE WHO DO NOT TAKE THE PROPER PRECAUTIONS. IN MAINE AND NEW HAMPSHIRE, NORMAL SNOWFALL AVERAGES FROM 50 TO 70 INCHES ALONG THE COAST, BUT GRADUALLY INCREASES AS YOU MOVE INLAND TO MORE THAN 140 INCHES IN THE MOUNTAINS. IN NORTHERN MAINE, 100 TO 120 INCHES OF SNOW FALLS ANNUALLY. THE LESSER AMOUNTS IN COASTAL AREAS ARE PARTLY A RESULT OF A FREQUENT CHANGE-OVER TO SLEET...FREEZING RAIN...OR RAIN DURING MANY WELL-DEVELOPED WINTER STORMS. TO THOSE DRIVING OR WALKING, THIS MIXTURE OF PRECIPITATION CAN BE EVEN MORE DANGEROUS THAN SNOW. AS RESIDENTS OF MAINE AND NEW HAMPSHIRE ARE ALL AWARE FROM JANUARY 1998 AND DECEMBER 2008, LARGE ACCUMULATIONS OF FREEZING RAIN CAN CAUSE DISASTROUS CONDITIONS. HIGH WINDS, COLD TEMPERATURES, COLD WIND CHILL TEMPERATURES, AND COASTAL FLOODING CAN ALSO ACCOMPANY OR FOLLOW WINTER STORMS. TO ALERT THE PUBLIC TO POTENTIALLY DANGEROUS WINTER WEATHER EVENTS OR SITUATIONS, THE NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE ISSUES OUTLOOKS, WATCHES, WARNINGS, AND ADVISORIES. WHILE THE EXACT CRITERIA USED TO TRIGGER WATCHES, WARNINGS, AND ADVISORIES IN MAINE AND NEW HAMPSHIRE WILL BE DISCUSSED IN PUBLIC INFORMATION STATEMENTS LATER THIS WEEK, YOU SHOULD KEEP THE FOLLOWING GENERAL DEFINITIONS IN MIND. OUTLOOK - A HAZARDOUS WEATHER OUTLOOK IS ISSUED DAILY BY NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE OFFICES ACROSS THE COUNTRY TO ALERT THE PUBLIC TO THE POTENTIAL FOR ANY HAZARDOUS WEATHER DURING THE NEXT 7 DAYS (INCLUDING SIGNIFICANT WINTER STORMS, HIGH WIND, COASTAL FLOODING, AND EXTREME TEMPERATURES). DUE TO THE UNCERTAINTY IN PREDICTING THE STRENGTH AND PATH OF A WINTER STORM MORE THAN SEVERAL DAYS IN ADVANCE, THE EXACT IMPACT ON THE AREA (IF ANY) WILL NOT BE KNOWN. IN ADDITION, NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE OFFICES MAY ISSUE SPECIAL WEATHER STATEMENTS HIGHLIGHTING THE POTENTIAL IMPACT OF A MAJOR WINTER STORM. WATCH -WATCHES ARE ISSUED TO ALERT THE PUBLIC THAT DANGEROUS WINTER CONDITIONS ARE POSSIBLE IN THE WITHIN THE NEXT 24 TO 60 HOURS. PRODUCTS INCLUDE: WINTER STORM WATCHES, HIGH WIND WATCHES, AND COASTAL FLOOD WATCHES. WARNING - WARNINGS ARE ISSUED TO ALERT THE PUBLIC THAT DANGEROUS WINTER CONDITIONS ARE LIKELY TO OCCUR WITHIN THE NEXT 6 TO 36 HOURS OR ARE OCCURRING. PRODUCTS INCLUDE WINTER STORM WARNING, ICE STORM WARNING, BLIZZARD WARNING, HIGH WIND WARNING, WIND CHILL WARNING, AND COASTAL FLOOD WARNING. ADVISORY- ISSUED TO ALERT THE PUBLIC THAT WINTER CONDITIONS ARE EXPECTED TO CAUSE A SIGNIFICANT INCONVENIENCE AND MAY BE HAZARDOUS. IF CAUTION IS EXERCISED, THESE SITUATIONS SHOULD NOT BE LIFE THREATENING. PRODUCTS INCLUDE WINTER WEATHER ADVISORY, FREEZING RAIN ADVISORY, WIND ADVISORY, AND WIND CHILL ADVISORY. PREPAREDNESS TIP FOR THE DAY: AUTOMOBILE ACCIDENTS ARE THE LEADING CAUSE OF DEATHS AND INJURIES DURING AND AFTER WINTER STORMS. WHILE SNOW AND ICE CONTRIBUTE TO THE SLIPPERY CONDITIONS...VEHICLE SPEED IS THE SINGLE MOST IMPORTANT FACTOR IN DETERMINING THE LIKELIHOOD OF A DEATH OR SERIOUS INJURY FROM AN AUTOMOBILE ACCIDENT. UNDER CERTAIN CONDITIONS, ROADS CAN GET EXTREMELY ICY FROM AN INCH OR LESS OF SNOW, OR FROM FREEZING DRIZZLE. PATCHY BLACK ICE...EVEN DAYS AFTER A STORM...CAN BE A SIGNIFICANT HAZARD. MANY OF THESE HAZARDS ARE NOT APPARENT UNTIL IT IS TOO LATE. SLOW DOWN BEFORE YOUR VEHICLE BEGINS TO SLIP AND SLIDE. SNOW AND ICE CAN CAUSE ACCIDENTS, BUT VEHICLE SPEED KILLS. JUST REMEMBER...IN ICE AND SNOW, GO SLOW! HERE IS A LISTING OF THE TOPICS TO BE COVERED IN PUBLIC INFORMATION STATEMENTS BY THE NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE OFFICE IN GRAY DURING WINTER WEATHER AWARENESS WEEK. MONDAY...NOVEMBER 3 - WINTER WEATHER BASICS. TUESDAY...NOVEMBER 4 - WATCH...WARNING...AND ADVISORY CRITERIA FOR WINTER STORMS. WEDNESDAY...NOVEMBER 5 - WIND CHILL...EXTREME COLD...FROSTBITE AND HYPOTHERMIA. THURSDAY...NOVEMBER 6 - HIGH WIND...COASTAL FLOOD...AND DENSE FOG THREATS. FRIDAY...NOVEMBER 7 - WINTER WEATHER PREPAREDNESS $$ JENSENIUS NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE GRAY...MAINE NNNN

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