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Public Information Statement
National Weather Service Midland/Odessa TX
551 PM CDT Tue Apr 2 2019 /451 PM MDT Tue Apr 2 2019/

...REALIGNMENT OF PUBLIC ZONES...

Per Service Change Notice 18-118, effective Tuesday April 2,
2019, at 100 PM Central Daylight Time (CDT), 1800 Coordinated
Universal Time (UTC), the NWS realigned public zones within the
Weather Forecast Office (WFO) Midland/Odessa area of responsibility.

Nine previous zones were converted into fifteen separate zones.
These new zones were divided to optimize issuance of hazard products
for conditions that vary significantly near the Rio Grande and higher
elevations of west Texas and southeast New Mexico.

Note that previously used fire weather zones are unchanged. This
change only affects public zone numbering.

NMZ027 (Guadalupe Mountains of Eddy County) now includes parts of
Eddy County having elevations above 5000 feet.

NMZ028 (Eddy County Plains) now includes those parts of Eddy
County below 5000 feet.

TXZ057 (Van Horn and Highway 54 Corridor) was divided among 4
segments: the Guadalupe and Delaware Mountains (TXZ271) above 5000
feet, the Van Horn and Highway 54 Corridor (TX272) including
Culberson County west of the Guadalupe and Delaware Mountains
below 5000 feet, Eastern Culberson County (TXZ273) east of the
Guadalupe and Delaware Mountains below 5000 feet, and the Presidio
Valley (TXZ281) including elevations below 4000 feet near the Rio
Grande.

TXZ058 (Reeves County and Upper Trans Pecos) is now divided among
2 segments: Eastern Culberson County (TXZ273) east of the
Guadalupe and Delaware Mountains and the Reeves County Plains
(TXZ274).

TXZ074 (Davis/Apache Mountains Area) is divided among 2 segments:
the Davis Mountains (TXZ277) above 4800 feet and the Davis
Mountains Foothills (TXZ278) for lower elevations.

TXZ079 (Presidio Valley) is divided among 3 segments: the Chinati
Mountains (TXZ275) including elevations above 4000 feet toward
the Chinati Mountains, the Marfa Plateau (TXZ276) for elevations
above 4000 feet in southern Presidio County, and the Presidio
Valley (TXZ281) including areas near the Rio Grande in Presidio
County below 4000 feet.

TXZ080 (Marfa Plateau) is now divided among 4 segments: the
Chinati Mountains (TXZ275) above 5000 feet, the Marfa Plateau
(TXZ276) including Presidio County above 4000 feet (excluding the
Chinati and Davis Mountains), the Davis Mountains (TXZ277) above
4800 feet, and the Presidio Valley (TXZ281) below 4000 feet.

TXZ081 (Big Bend Area) is divided among 4 segments: the Davis
Mountains (TXZ277) above 4800 feet, Central Brewster County
(TXZ279) including elevations from 3000 to 4800 feet (not
including the Chisos Basin), the Chisos Basin (TXZ280) in southern
Brewster County above 4500 feet, and Lower Brewster County
(TXZ282) near the Rio Grande below 3000 feet.

TXZ258 (Guadalupe Mountains) is divided among 4 segments:
the Guadalupe Mountains in Texas above 7000 feet (TXZ270), the
Guadalupe and Delaware Mountains (TXZ271) from 5000 to 7000
feet, the Van Horn and Highway 54 Corridor (TXZ272) west of the
Delaware Mountains and below 5000 feet, and Eastern Culberson
County (TXZ273) east of the Delaware mountains and below 5000
feet.

Table 1: Previous public zones and corresponding Universal
Geographic Codes (UGC) for WFO Midland/Odessa, TX

UGC:    Previous Public Zone Name
----------------------------------
NMZ027: Guadalupe Mountains of Eddy County
NMZ028: Eddy County Plains
TXZ057: Van Horn and Highway 54 Corridor
TXZ058: Reeves County and Upper Trans Pecos
TXZ074: Davis/Apache Mountains Area
TXZ079: Presidio Valley
TXZ080: Marfa Plateau
TXZ081: Big Bend Area
TXZ258: Guadalupe Mountains

Table 2: Public zones and corresponding UGC for which WFO
Midland/Odessa, TX, now issues products

UGC:    New Public Zone Name
-------------------------------
NMZ027: Guadalupe Mountains of Eddy County
NMZ028: Eddy County Plains
TXZ270: Guadalupe Mountains Above 7000 Feet
TXZ271: Guadalupe and Delaware Mountains
TXZ272: Van Horn and Highway 54 Corridor
TXZ273: Eastern Culberson County
TXZ274: Reeves County Plains
TXZ275: Chinati Mountains
TXZ276: Marfa Plateau
TXZ277: Davis Mountains
TXZ278: Davis Mountains Foothills
TXZ279: Central Brewster County
TXZ280: Chisos Basin
TXZ281: Presidio Valley
TXZ282: Lower Brewster County

Table 3: Primary cities included in the new public zones

UGC:    Primary cities within New Zones
--------------------------------------------
NMZ027: Carlsbad Caverns
NMZ028: Artesia, Carlsbad
TXZ270: Guadalupe Peak
TXZ271: Pine Springs
TXZ272: Van Horn
TXZ273: (no city)
TXZ274: Pecos, Balmorhea
TXZ275: Chinati Peak
TXZ276: Marfa, Valentine
TXZ277: Fort Davis
TXZ278: Alpine, Kent
TXZ279: Marathon, Panther Junction
TXZ280: Chisos Basin
TXZ281: Presidio
TXZ282: Lajitas, Terlingua

Table 4: NWS products affected by the WFO Midland/Odessa, TX,
public zone changes

PRODUCT NAME          AWIPS ID WMO HEADING
----------------------------  -------- -----------
NON PRECIPITATION WARNING     NPWMAF   WWUS74 KMAF
WINTER WEATHER MESSAGE      WSWMAF   WWUS44 KMAF
FLOOD WATCH              FFAMAF   WGUS64 KMAF
HAZARDOUS WEATHER OUTLOOK     HWOMAF   FLUS44 KMAF
AREA FORECAST MATRICES      AFMMAF   FOUS54 KMAF
TABULAR STATE FORECAST      SFTMAF   FPUS64 KMAF
SHORT TERM FORECAST          NOWMAF   FPUS74 KMAF
SPECIAL WEATHER STATEMENT     SPSMAF   WWUS84 KMAF
ZONE FORECAST          ZFPMAF   FPUS54 KMAF
RECREATIONAL FORECAST      RECMAF   SXUS44 KMAF
PUBLIC INFORMATION STATEMENT  PNSMAF   NOUS44 KMAF

Users of WFO Midland/Odessa products must re-program affected
hardware and software to continue correctly processing the above
mentioned products.

Users accessing NWS graphical forecasts must download updated
zone map shapefiles to correctly view forecasts for southeast
New Mexico and southwest Texas. Updated zone map shapefiles
containing the new public zones are available online at:

https://www.weather.gov/gis/AWIPSShapefiles

Graphical images of the current and future public weather zones
listed above are online at:

https://www.weather.gov/media/maf/news/2019/PublicZoneChangesMAF.pdf

If you have any questions, please contact:

Pat Vesper
Meteorologist in Charge
Midland, TX
432-563-5901 x222
 or
Melinda Bailey
NWS Southern Region Headquarters
Fort Worth, TX
904-741-4470 x223

National Service Change Notices are online at:

https://www.weather.gov/notification/

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