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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

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