WATCH COUNTY NOTIFICATION MESSAGE TEST FOR SELECTED WEATHER FORECAST OFFICES...THURSDAY OCTOBER 28 2004

ON THURSDAY, OCTOBER 28, 2004, BETWEEN 9:00 AM EDT AND 1:00 PM EDT, THE NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE OFFICE IN DETROIT/PONTIAC, THE STORM PREDICTION CENTER IN NORMAN, OKLAHOMA, AND SEVERAL OTHER NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE OFFICES, WILL CONDUCT A TEST OF BOTH INTERNAL AND EXTERNAL NEW SEVERE WEATHER WATCH PRODUCTS.

NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE IN DETROIT/PONTIAC WILL PARTICIPATE IN THE TEST WITH TRANSMISSION OF THE WATCH COUNTY NOTIFICATION (WCN) PRODUCT. THE PURPOSE WILL BE TO TEST THE INTERNAL AND EXTERNAL COMMUNICATION AND PRODUCT DELIVERY OF NEW PRODUCTS THAT WILL BE USED IN THE FUTURE ISSUANCE OF SEVERE WEATHER WATCHES.

WCN'S ISSUED DURING THIS TEST ARE FOR EVALUATION PURPOSES ONLY. MOST OF THE NEW PRODUCTS TESTED WILL NOT BE ISSUED THROUGH NORMAL DISSEMINATION CHANNELS. ANY WATCH PRODUCTS THAT ARE RELEASED WILL BE CLEARLY IDENTIFIED AS TEST MESSAGES.

IN THE FUTURE, WEATHER FORECAST OFFICES WILL USE WCN MESSAGES TO DEPICT THE STATUS OF ACTIVE SEVERE THUNDERSTORM OR TORNADO WATCHES FOR THEIR AREA OF RESPONSIBILITY. THE WCN SHOWS WHICH COUNTIES REMAIN IN, ARE CANCELED FROM, OR ARE EXTENDED IN AREA OR TIME FOR THEIR PARTICULAR PORTION OF THE WATCH AREA.

CUSTOMERS WHO WISH TO RECEIVE THE WCN MESSAGES SHOULD ADD THE COMMUNICATIONS IDENTIFIER IN TABLE 1 BELOW TO THEIR APPROPRIATE DATABASES.

ONCE AGAIN, THE TEST WILL BEGIN AROUND 9:00 AM EDT AND END AROUND 1:00 PM EDT.

Table 1
WFO NAME WMO HEADING AWIPS ID
DETROIT/PONTIAC WWUS63 KDTX ARBWCNDTX

FOR INFORMATION ON AND EXAMPLES OF WATCH COUNTY NOTIFICATION MESSAGES, PLEASE SEE THE INTERNET SITE:

http://www.nws.noaa.gov/om/watch

IF YOU HAVE ANY QUESTIONS OR COMMENTS, PLEASE CONTACT:

RICHARD POLLMAN
WARNING COORDINATION METEOROLOGIST
NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE DETROIT/PONTIAC
248-625-3309 EXTENSION 726
richard.pollman@noaa.gov

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