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PUBLIC INFORMATION STATEMENT
NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE PEACHTREE CITY GA
1045 AM EDT SAT JUL 2016

YOU MAY HAVE NOTICED A CHANGE TO THE NOAA WEATHER RADIO BROADCASTS LATELY.
WITHIN THE NEXT WEEK NWS PEACHTREE CITY WILL PERMANENTLY FLIP THE SWITCH
ON A BRAND NEW SOFTWARE AND HARDWARE SYSTEM IN OUR OFFICE THAT CONVERTS
OUR TEXT PRODUCTS INTO VOICE PRODUCTS AND THEN BROADCASTS THE MESSAGES OVER
THE 17 TRANSMITTERS WE SERVE ACROSS GEORGIA. THE OLD SYSTEM CURRENTLY IN
PLACE IS BASED ON TECHNOLOGY FROM THE 1980S. THIS CUSTOM-BUILT EQUIPMENT
HAS LONG PASSED ITS USAGE TIME AND MUST BE REPLACED. THE NEW SYSTEM CALLED
THE BROADCAST MESSAGE HANDLER, OR BMH REPLACES THAT HARDWARE BASED SYSTEM
WITH A SOFTWARE SYSTEM THAT WORKS WITHIN OUR CURRENT WEATHER GRAPHICS
SYSTEM. THE VOICE WILL BE DIFFERENT THAN THE ONE YOU HAVE BEEN ACCUSTOMED
TO. NOAA WEATHER RADIO LISTENERS WILL NOT NEED TO CHANGE A THING ON THEIR
RECEIVERS TO CONTINUE TO RECEIVE OUR BROADCASTS. WE WILL FINE TUNE THE
SYSTEM TO OUR LOCAL AREA. SOME OF THE PRONUNCIATIONS OF LOCAL TOWNS, RIVERS
OR OTHER GEOGRAPHIC REFERENCES MAY NEED TO BE ADJUSTED. WE HAVE BEEN RUNNING BMH
FOR A WHILE NOW AND HAVE CORRECTED A LOT OF THE WORDS THUS FAR. WE WILL CORRECT
MISPRONUNCIATIONS AS WE BECOME AWARE OF THEM. IF YOU HEAR ONE OF THESE
MISPRONUNCIATIONS DON`T HESITATE TO LET US KNOW VIA SOCIAL MEDIA OR EMAIL US
AT SR-FFC.WEBMASTER@NOAA.GOV

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