960209: PNS for 2/day zones NE/IA/SD (fwd)

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PUBLIC INFORMATION STATEMENT
NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE HEADQUARTERS WASHINGTON DC
200 PM EST FRI FEB 9 1996

TO        FAMILY OF SERVICES /FOS/ SUBSCRIBERS...NOAA WEATHER        
          WIRE SERVICE /NWWS/ SUBSCRIBERS...OTHER NATIONAL
          WEATHER SERVICE /NWS/ CUSTOMERS...NWS EMPLOYEES 

FROM      THERESE Z. PIERCE...CHIEF...HYDROMETEOROLOGICAL SERVICES 

SUBJECTS  A.  SHARED RESPONSIBILITIES FOR MORE EVENT-DRIVEN PUBLIC
          FORECASTS AND LONG-FUSE WARNINGS AND ADVISORIES IN
          NEBRASKA...EFFECTIVE APRIL 1 1996. 
          
          B.  MORE EVENT DRIVEN PUBLIC FORECASTS FOR WESTERN
          IOWA...SOUTHEAST CORNER OF SOUTH DAKOTA...AND THE
          NORTHEAST CORNER OF NEBRASKA...EFFECTIVE APRIL 1 1996
       
     A... EFFECTIVE MONDAY...APRIL 1 1996...AT 400 A.M. CENTRAL
STANDARD TIME /1000 UNIVERSAL COORDINATED TIME/...THE WEATHER
SERVICE OFFICES /WSO/ IN HASTINGS /GRI/...NEBRASKA AND GOODLAND
/GLD/...KANSAS WILL SHARE PUBLIC FORECAST AND LONG-FUSE WARNING AND
ADVISORY RESPONSIBILITY IN NEBRASKA WITH THE WEATHER SERVICE
FORECAST OFFICE /WSFO/ IN OMAHA /OMA/...NEBRASKA.  THESE CHANGES
WILL PROVIDE IMPROVED SERVICES THROUGH MORE EFFECTIVELY COORDINATED
LONG-AND-SHORT FUSE WARNINGS AND FORECASTS.

     SUBSCRIBERS TO THE NOAA WEATHER WIRE SERVICE /NWWS/ AND FAMILY
OF SERVICES /FOS/ WILL NOT HAVE TO MAKE CHANGES TO CONTINUE
RECEIVING THESE PRODUCTS.  THIS MEANS THAT NWWS AND FOS PRODUCT
IDENTIFIERS FOR NEBRASKA WILL REMAIN THE SAME...REGARDLESS OF THE
ISSUING OFFICE.  THE ISSUING OFFICE...HOWEVER...WILL BE IDENTIFIED
BY THE MASS NEWS DISSEMINATOR BLOCK AT THE BEGINNING OF THE PRODUCT. 
NEBRASKA PRODUCT IDENTIFIER CATEGORIES ARE AS FOLLOWS /TABLE 1/  

TABLE 1   WSFO OMA PRODUCT            NWWS ID    WMO HEADER FOR FOS
          ZONE FORECASTS              OMAZFPNE       FPUS5 KOMA
          WINTER WEATHER HAZARDS      OMAWSWOMA      WWUS46 KOMA
          NON-PRECIPITATION HAZARDS   OMANPWOMA      WWUS45 KOMA

     WSFO OMA WILL ISSUE THE NEBRASKA ZONE FORECAST PRODUCT AT 415
A.M. AND 345 P.M...CENTRAL TIME FOR NEBRASKA ZONES /AND SOME WESTERN
IOWA ZONES/.  AS NECESSARY...WSFO OMA WILL ALSO ISSUE ACCOMPANYING
WINTER WEATHER AND NON-PRECIPITATION WATCHES...WARNINGS AND
ADVISORIES AT THESE SCHEDULED TIMES.

     AT OTHER TIMES...AS NECESSARY...UPDATED ZONE FORECASTS AND
LONG-FUSE WARNINGS AND ADVISORIES WILL BE ISSUED FROM THE FOLLOWING
OFFICES FOR THE ZONES AS INDICATED IN TABLE 2 BELOW. 

TABLE 2   OFFICE    ZONES

          WSFO OMA  63 ZONES IN NEBRASKA
                    /NE ZONES 1-12...16-38...42-45...50-53..54-59 
                    65-68...69-71...78...AND 88-93/
                    3 ZONES IN WEST-CENTRAL IOWA /IA ZONES 55 69 79/
    
          WSO GRI   24 ZONES IN SOUTH-CENTRAL NEBRASKA
                    /NE ZONES 39-41...46-49...60-64...72-77...82-87/

          WSO GLD   3 ZONES IN SOUTHWEST NEBRASKA /NE ZONES 79-81/
                    
     WITH THIS MORE EVENT-DRIVEN ZONE FORECAST PROGRAM...SCHEDULED
ZONE FORECASTS FOR ZONES ABOVE WILL NO LONGER BE ISSUED ROUTINELY AT
1045 A.M. AND 915 P.M. CENTRAL TIME. 

     B...  REGARDING WESTERN IOWA...THE SOUTHEAST CORNER OF SOUTH
DAKOTA...AND THE NORTHEAST CORNER OF NEBRASKA...WSFO OMA OR WSFO
SIOUX FALLS /FSD/ SOUTH DAKOTA WILL ISSUE MORE EVENT DRIVEN ZONE
FORECASTS FOR THE ZONES IN TABLE 3...EFFECTIVE APRIL 1 1996 AFTER 
400 A.M. CENTRAL STANDARD TIME /1000 UNIVERSAL COORDINATED TIME/.
THESE WSFOS WILL ISSUE ZONE FORECASTS AT 400 - 415 A.M. AND 345 -
400 P.M...CENTRAL TIME.  LONG-FUSE WATCHES...WARNINGS AND
ADVISORIES... AND UPDATED ZONE FORECASTS WILL ALSO BE ISSUED BY
THESE WSFOS AS NECESSARY.

TABLE 3   OFFICE    ZONES

          WSFO OMA  5 ZONES IN WEST CENTRAL AND SOUTHWEST IOWA
                    /IA ZONES 43...56...80...90-91/
                    1 ZONE IN NORTHEAST NEBRASKA /NE ZONE 15/
   
          WSFO FSD  9 ZONES IN NORTHWEST IOWA
                    /IA ZONES 2...13-14...20-22...31-32/
                    1 ZONE IN SOUTHEAST SOUTH DAKOTA /SD ZONE 71/
                    2 ZONES IN NORTHEAST NEBRASKA /NE ZONES 13-14/   

     NO ACTION BY NWWS AND FOS SUBSCRIBERS IS REQUIRED FOR IOWA
ZONES ALREADY ASSIGNED TO EITHER OMA /55...69 AND 79/ OR FSD
/1...12/.  MORE EVENT DRIVEN FORECASTS WILL ALSO BE ISSUED FOR THESE
5 ZONES.  THE ZONES IN TABLE 3 WILL BE CONCURRENTLY TRANSFERRED TO
OMA OR FSD FROM THE WSFO DES MOINES /DSM/...IOWA ON APRIL 1 AT 400
A.M. CENTRAL STANDARD TIME.  FOR THESE ZONES...USERS MUST SWITCH TO
OMA OR FSD IDENTIFIERS.  A JANUARY 19 STATEMENT HAS FULL DETAILS.
   
     IF YOU HAVE ANY QUESTIONS...CONTACT ONE OF THE FOLLOWING 

     DAVID C. THEOPHILUS                STEVEN D. SCHURR 
     6707 N. 288TH ST                   6365 N OSBORNE DRIVE WEST
     PO BOX 719                         HASTINGS NE 68901-9120
     VALLEY NE 68064-0719               402-462-2127              
     402-359-5166

     SCOTT MENTZER                      D. GREG HARMON
     920 ARMORY ROAD                    26 WEATHER LANE
     GOODLAND KS 67735-9273             SIOUX FALLS...SD 57104-0198
     913-899-2360                       605-330-4247
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