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Public Information Statement PNS16-41 Corrected
National Weather Service Headquarters Washington DC
320 PM EST Wed Dec 7 2016

To:    Subscribers:
    -NOAA Weather Wire Service
    -Emergency Managers Weather Information Network
    Other NWS Partners and NWS Employees

From:    Tim Oram
    Acting Chief, Marine, Tropical and Tsunami Services

Subject:    Corrected: Soliciting Comments on Proposed Changes to the
    Hurricane Local Statement (HLS) from Weather
    Forecast Office (WFO) Honolulu (HFO) Through
    January 6, 2017

Corrected to identify WFO Honolulu as HFO.

Effective immediately and continuing through January 6, 2017,
the National Weather Service (NWS) is seeking user feedback on
proposed changes to the HLS issued by WFO HFO during the 2017
hurricane season.

WFO HFO proposes to issue the HLS product in the same format as
those issued for the Atlantic hurricane basin during the 2015
and 2016 hurricane seasons on an operational basis.

The following changes to the HLS were operationally implemented
in 2015 for the Atlantic Hurricane basin:

1. The HLS is a non-segmented product - No Universal
  Geographical Code (UGC).
2. No Valid Time Event Codes (VTEC).
3. Succinct meteorological discussion, impact and preparedness
  product for land areas only.  Product is intended for
  emergency managers, public and media.

Additional information on UGC and VTEC can be found in NWS
Instruction (NWSI) 10-1701 and NWSI 10-1703 respectively.  These
directives are available online at:

An example of the HLS format proposed to be issued by WFO HFO
beginning in the 2017 hurricane season can be found at:

If this change becomes operational, the HLS will no longer be
the disseminating mechanism for land-based tropical cyclone
watches and warnings for WFO HFO. Feedback is currently being
solicited on implementing the Hurricane Local Watch/Warning
product (TCV)(operational at WFOs in the Atlantic Hurricane
basin) as the new mechanism for issuing tropical
watches/warnings at WFO HFO in 2017 at this survey:

These proposed changes are already operational at NWS Atlantic
basin WFOs.  For further details, please see Service Change
Notice 14-66:

Feedback on the new HLS format will be accepted via electronic
survey at the following link:

If you have any questions on the proposed changes, please

Jessica Schauer
NWS Marine, Tropical and Tsunami Services Branch
National Hurricane Center
Miami, FL 33165
Telephone: 305-229-4476
Wayne Presnell
NWS Marine, Tropical and Tsunami Services Branch
Silver Spring, MD  20910
Telephone: 301-427-9390

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