[nws-changes] 20110202: fire wx

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Service Change Notice 11-06

National Weather Service Headquarters Washington DC

1243 PM EST Wed Feb 2 2011

TO:Subscribers:

- Family of Services

- NOAA Weather Wire Service

- Emergency Managers Weather Information Network

- NOAAPORT

- Other NWS partners and NWS employees

FROM:Eli Jacks

Chief, Fire and Public Weather Services Branch

SUBJECT: Implementation of Improved Fire and Public Weather

Coverage for Mississippi and Southeast Louisiana

Effective May 31, 2011

Effective Tuesday, May 31, 2011, at 100 pm Central Daylight Time

(CDT), 1800 Coordinated Universal Time (UTC), the NWS Weather

Forecast Office (WFO) in New Orleans/Baton Rouge Louisiana (LIX)

willreconfigure its current fire and public weather forecast

zonesfor Tangipahoa (LAZ038) Parish in southeast Louisiana.

This reconfiguration will provide better forecast services by

splittingTangipahoa Parish into two separate fire and public

weatherforecast zones for climatological, geographical and

meteorologicaleffects.

The fire and public weather forecast zones for Tangipahoa Parish

willbe split in half to form Northern Tangipahoa (LAZ071) and

Southern Tangipahoa (LAZ072). This split will account for

tropicaland coastal issues that do not impact Northern Tangipahoa

Parish and winter weather issues that to not affect

Southern Tangipahoa Parish.

The fire and public zone changes require to take appropriate

actionto receive the new zone products using the Universal

Generic Code (UGC) zone code format (Z) listed in Table 1.

TABLE 1.New Fire and Public Zone Configuration Identifiers

NEW FIRE/PUBLICUGC (Z)EXISTING FIRE/PUBLICUGC (Z)

ZONE NAMEZONE Name

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NORTHERN TANGIPAHOA LAZ071TANGIPAHOALAZ038

SOUTHERN TANGIPAHOA LAZ072TANGIPAHOALAZ038

More detail regarding this change (including greater detail regarding
why these fire and public zone changes are being made), graphical
depictions of the current and new fire and public zones, and a table
of WFO LIX affected products are available online at:

  www.srh.weather.gov/LIX/?n=tangipahoa_breakup  
<http://www.srh.weather.gov/LIX/?n=tangipahoa_breakup>

Updated fire and public weather forecast zone shapefiles are available
online at:

  www.weather.gov/geodata/catalog/wsom/html/pubzone.htm  
<http://www.weather.gov/geodata/catalog/wsom/html/pubzone.htm>

and

  www.weather.gov/geodata/catalog/wsom/html/firezone.htm  
<http://www.weather.gov/geodata/catalog/wsom/html/firezone.htm>

For more information, please contact:

Ken GrahamMelinda Bailey

Meteorologist-in-ChargePublic/Marine Meteorologist

National Weather ServiceNational Weather Service

New Orleans/Baton RougeSouthern Region Headquarters

Slidell LA 70460Fort Worth TX 76102

504-522-7330/985-649-0357817-978-1100 X107

ken.graham@xxxxxxxx <mailto:ken.graham@xxxxxxxx>melinda.bailey@xxxxxxxx <mailto:melinda.bailey@xxxxxxxx>

National Service Change Notices are online at:

http://www.weather.gov/os/notif.htm

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