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Public Information Statement
National Weather Service Birmingham AL
721 AM CDT Fri May 10 2019

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

From: Allison Allen Chief, Marine, Tropical and Tsunami Services

Subject: National Tropical Cyclone Watch Warning Product (TCV)
Product Collaboration Tests

The National Hurricane Center (NHC), the Ocean Prediction Center
(OPC), the Weather Prediction Center (WPC), and National Weather
Service (NWS) Weather Forecast Offices (WFOs) in the NWS Southern
Region and in the NWS Eastern Region, will commence with internal
software and hardware testing of the national tropical cyclone
watch/warning (TCV) product collaboration process for the Atlantic
basin on Monday, May 13 and continue daily through Thursday, May 16,

Internal testing will begin at approximately 1400 GMT and terminate
at 1900 GMT daily during scheduled test days. In the event of
inclement weather, Friday, May 17, 2018 has been reserved to serve as
backup date for any portion of testing that was delayed.

Internal TCV test products are not intended to be released
externally through NWS dissemination and communication systems. The
text products affected by collaboration testing are the National
Tropical Cyclone Watch/Warning (TCV) products issued under the
following AWIPS Product Identifiers (PIL) and World Meteorological
Organization (WFO) Identifiers (ID):

TCV Product                    AWIPS PIL   WMO ID
------------                   ---------   -------
Preliminary TCV                PTCAT/1-5/  WTNT/81-85/ KNHC
National TCV                   TCVAT/1-5/  WTNT/81-85/ KNHC

In addition, the following National Digital Forecast Database (NDFD)
elements will be created for this test:
     - tropical cyclone wind probabilities (incremental and
       cumulative) for 34 kt, 50 kt, and 64 kt
     - hazard grid (including tropical storm, hurricane, and storm
       surge hazards)

Periodic NHC and WFO internal software and hardware testing will
continue during the remainder of 2019. The national TCV product for
the Atlantic basin will contain a summary of NHC/WFO collaborated
wind and/or storm surge watches and warnings, depicted by NWS-defined
geographic zones.

NWS WFOs participating in the national TCV product collaboration
tests are listed below by NWS Region:

NWS - Southern Region

Atlanta, GA (FFC)
Austin-San Antonio, TX (EWX)
Birmingham, AL (BMX)
Brownsville, TX (BRO)
Corpus Christi, TX (CRP)
Fort Worth, TX (FWD)
Houston, TX (HGX)
Jackson, MS (JAN)
Jacksonville, FL (JAX)
Key West, FL (KEY)
Lake Charles, LA (LCH)
Little Rock, AR (LZK)
Melbourne, FL (MLB)
Miami, FL (MFL)
Mobile, AL (MOB)
Morristown, TN (MRX)
New Orleans, LA (LIX)
San Juan, PR (SJU)
Shreveport, LA (SHV)
Tallahassee, FL (TAE)
Tampa Bay Area, FL (TBW)

NWS - Eastern Region

Albany, NY (ALY)
Boston, MA (BOX)
Caribou, ME (CAR)
Charleston, SC (CHS)
Gray/Portland, ME (GYX)
Mount Holly, NJ (PHI)
Newport/Morehead City, NC (MHX)
New York, NY (OKX)
Sterling, VA (LWX)
Wakefield, VA (AKQ)
Wilmington, NC (ILM)
Columbia, SC (CAE)
Greenville-Spartanburg, SC (GSP)
Raleigh-Durham, NC (RAH)
Blacksburg/Roanoke, VA (RNK)

For more information, please contact:

National Weather Service
Weather Forecast Office Birmingham, AL
465 Weathervane Road Calera, AL 35040

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