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PUBLIC INFORMATION STATEMENT
NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE HEADQUARTERS WASHINGTON DC
400 PM EDT THU OCT 3 1996
 
TO:       FAMILY OF SERVICES /FOS/ SUBSCRIBERS...NOAA WEATHER 
          WIRE SERVICE /NWWS/ SUBSCRIBERS...OTHER NATIONAL
          WEATHER SERVICE /NWS/ PRODUCT USERS...NWS EMPLOYEES
 
FROM:     THERESE Z. PIERCE...CHIEF...
          INTEGRATED HYDROMETEOROLOGICAL SERVICES CORE
 
SUBJECT:  DISCONTINUATION OF AMARILLO...TX...AREA FORECAST
          PRODUCT AND ADDITION OF EXTENDED FORECAST TO ZONE
          FORECASTS 
 
..AREA FORECAST FOR THE TEXAS/OKLAHOMA PANHANDLES TO BE   
DISCONTINUED...
  
...EXTENDED FORECAST TO BE ADDED TO ZONE FORECASTS...
 
...CHANGES  EFFECTIVE... NOVEMBER 5...1996...
 
...PREPARE NOW FOR THE CHANGE...
 
ON NOVEMBER 5...1996...TWO CHANGES WILL BE MADE REGARDING THE
FORECAST PRODUCTS ISSUED BY THE AMARILLO NATIONAL WEATHER
SERVICE OFFICE FOR THE TEXAS AND OKLAHOMA PANHANDLES.
 
FOR THE PAST THREE YEARS...AN AREA FORECAST /NWWS ID LBBAFPAMA -
FOS HEADER FPTX41 KAMA/  HAS BEEN ISSUED FOR THE TEXAS AND
OKLAHOMA PANHANDLES /OKLAHOMA ZONES 1-3 AND TEXAS ZONES 1-20/. 
THE AREA FORECAST IS A BROAD SUMMARY OF THE FORECAST FOR THE 23
ZONES.  DUE TO LIMITED USE OF THIS PRODUCT...IT IS BEING
DISCONTINUED.
 
ZONE FORECASTS GENERALLY COVER A 2-DAY PERIOD.  THE 3- TO  5-DAY
EXTENDED FORECAST IS INCLUDED IN THE AREA FORECAST PRODUCT. 
RATHER THAN CONTINUE THE AREA FORECAST PRODUCT AND HAVE USERS
REFER TO TWO SEPARATE PRODUCTS TO OBTAIN THE FORECAST FOR THE
NEXT 1- TO 5-DAY PERIOD...THE EXTENDED 3- TO 5-DAY FORECAST WILL
NOW BE INCLUDED IN THE ZONE FORECAST /NWWS ID LBBZFPAMA - FOS
HEADER FPUS5 KAMA/.
 
BOTH OF THESE CHANGES IN FORECAST PRODUCTS SHOULD PRESENT
IMPROVEMENTS IN SERVICE TO USERS.  
 
THE FORECAST FOR THE AMARILLO LISTENING AREA WILL CONTINUE TO BE
BROADCAST ON THE AMARILLO NOAA WEATHER RADIO /WXK-38/ OPERATING
ON A FREQUENCY OF 162.400 MHZ.  
 
BELOW IS A TABLE SHOWING THE PRODUCT THAT WILL NO LONGER BE
AVAILABLE UNDER THE /AFP/ IDENTIFIER.
 
                                         WILL NOW BE
PRODUCT             OLD IDENTIFIER       FOUND UNDER
 
AREA FORECAST       NWWS ID LBBAFPAMA    PIL    LBBZFPAMA
PRODUCT FOR THE     FOS ID FPTX41 KAMA   UGC    OKZ001- THRU 003- 
TX/OK PANHANDLES                                TXZ001- THRU 020-
                                         FOS ID FPUS5 KAMA
 
TO ENSURE RECEIPT OF THIS PRODUCT...IF IT HAS NOT ALREADY BEEN
DONE... IT WILL BE NECESSARY FOR WEATHER WIRE SUBSCRIBERS TO
CONTACT GTE/CONTEL AND HAVE THE PRODUCT IDENTIFIER LBBZFPAMA... 
ADDED TO YOUR PERMANENT DOWNLOAD FILE.
 
BECAUSE OF UPDATES...CORRECTIONS...TO THE AMARILLO ZONE
FORECASTS...IT WILL PROBABLY BE NECESSARY FOR USERS TO STORE
ADDITIONAL VERSIONS OF THE LBBZFPAMA TO HELP ASSURE THAT THE
DESIRED FORECAST IS AVAILABLE WHEN REQUESTED.
 
FOR THOSE WHO USE THE UNIVERSAL GENERIC CODES /UGC/...THE TEXAS
        
BECAUSE OF UPDATES...CORRECTIONS...TO THE AMARILLO ZONE
FORECASTS...IT WILL PROBABLY BE NECESSARY FOR USERS TO STORE
ADDITIONAL VERSIONS OF THE LBBZFPAMA TO HELP ASSURE THAT THE
DESIRED FORECAST IS AVAILABLE WHEN REQUESTED.
 
FOR THOSE WHO USE THE UNIVERSAL GENERIC CODES /UGC/...THE TEXAS
ZONE FORECAST USES THE /Z/ FORM OF THE CODE AS CURRENTLY USED IN
SHORT TERM FORECASTS /LBBNOWAMA/.
 
IF YOU HAVE ANY QUESTIONS...PLEASE CONTACT:
 
      MR. JOSE M. GARCIA            OR   MR. DOUGLAS J. CROWLEY
      METEOROLOGIST IN CHARGE            WARNING COORDINATION
                                          METEOROLOGIST
      NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE OFFICE
      1900 ENGLISH ROAD
      AMARILLO  TX   79107
 
      PHONE:  /806/335-1121 /M-F 800 AM - 400 PM/
                               
...NOTE FOR INTERNET USERS...
THIS AND ALL OTHER PENDING NWS SERVICE CHANGE NOTIFICATIONS ARE
AVAILABLE ON THE NWS OFFICE OF METEOROLOGY/S HOME PAGE IN THE
NOTIFICATION SECTION.  THE ADDRESS OF THE NOTIFICATION SECTION
/IN SMALL CASE/ IS   HTTP://WWW.NWS.NOAA.GOV/OM/NOTIF.HTM
 
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