NWS Begins Flow Forecast Service For Castle Rock Dam

SERVICE CHANGE NOTICE
NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE LA CROSSE WI
1200 PM CST MON MAR 3 2014

TO:       FAMILY OF SERVICES /FOS/ SUBSCRIBERS...NOAA WEATHER
           WIRE SERVICE /NWWS/ SUBSCRIBERS...EMERGENCY MANAGERS
           WEATHER INFORMATION NETWORK /EMWIN/ SUBSCRIBERS...
           NOAAPORT SUBSCRIBERS...NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE /NWS/
           PARTNERS AND OTHER USERS...AND NWS EMPLOYEES

FROM:     MIKE WELVAERT
          SERVICE HYDROLOGIST
          NWS LA CROSSE WI

SUBJECT:  NEW FORECAST SERVICE FOR CASTLE ROCK DAM ALONG THE
          WISCONSIN RIVER...AFFECTING JUNEAU AND ADAMS COUNTIES

BEGINNING TODAY...MONDAY MARCH 3 2014...NOAA/S NATIONAL WEATHER
SERVICE /NWS/ OFFICE IN LA CROSSE WILL PROVIDE A NEW RIVER FORECAST
SERVICE FOR THE CASTLE ROCK DAM ON WISCONSIN RIVER IN CENTRAL
WISCONSIN.

IN COORDINATION WITH DAM OWNERS AND LOCAL OFFICIALS THE NWS WILL
BEGIN PROVISION OF FORECASTS OF RIVER FLOW COMING THROUGH THE CASTLE
ROCK DAM. THIS FORECAST OF THE VOLUME OF WATER PASSING THROUGH THE
STRUCTURE WILL ALLOW DAM OPERATORS TO BETTER MANAGE THE FACILITY AND
WATER LEVELS BOTH ABOVE AND BELOW THE DAM. FURTHER...THIS FORECAST
WILL ALSO PROVIDE ADDITIONAL INFORMATION FOR DECISION MAKING BY
DOWNSTREAM COMMUNITIES SUCH AS LAKE DELTON AND THE WISCONSIN DELLS
AREA...ALL THE WAY DOWN TO THE PORTAGE AREA.

SO BEGINNING NOW...NWS LA CROSSE WILL ISSUE HYDROLOGIC PRODUCTS AS
NECESSARY THAT MAY INCLUDE SPECIFIC RIVER FORECASTS.  THE HYDROLOGIC
PRODUCTS ARE LISTED IN THE FOLLOWING TABLE.

PRODUCT TYPE                WMO HEADER           PRODUCT IDENTIFIER

HYDROLOGIC OUTLOOK          FGUS73 KARX              MKEESFARX
FLOOD / FLASH FLOOD WATCH   WGUS63 KARX              MKEFFAARX
FLOOD WARNING               WGUS43 KARX              MKEFLWARX
FLOOD STATEMENT             WGUS83 KARX              MKEFLSARX
HYDROLOGIC STATEMENT        FGUS83 KARX              MKERVSARX
RIVER SUMMARY               SRUS43 KARX              MKERVAARX

THE NWS DEFINES FLOOD STAGE AS THE RIVER LEVEL OR FLOW VALUE AT
WHICH IMPACTS TO LIFE AND/OR PROPERTY BEGIN.

FORECASTS FOR THE WISCONSIN RIVER AT THE CASTLE ROCK DAM WILL BE
ISSUED FOR FLOWS ABOVE 10000 CUBIC FEET PER SECOND /CFS/...AND FLOOD
WARNINGS WILL BE ISSUED WHEN THE FLOW REACHES 30000 CFS.

THE NWS LOCATION IDENTIFIER /NWSLI/ AT THIS LOCATION IS CROW3.

IN ADDITION TO THE TEXT INFORMATION DETAILED ABOVE...GRAPHICAL
DEPICTIONS OF RIVER LEVELS AND FORECASTS ARE ALSO AVAILABLE ON OUR
WEBSITE.  THIS CAN BE FOUND UNDER THE HYDROLOGY - RIVERS AND LAKES
TAB OF THE MAIN LA CROSSE NWS WEBSITE.  THE URL ADDRESS IS:
WWW.WEATHER.GOV/ARX

IF YOU HAVE ANY QUESTIONS OR COMMENTS ON THIS CHANGE...PLEASE
CONTACT

  MIKE WELVAERT
  SERVICE HYDROLOGIST
  NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE FORECAST OFFICE
  N2788 COUNTY ROAD FA
  LA CROSSE WI 54601
  PHONE: 608-784-8275 EXT. 493
  E-MAIL: MIKE.WELVAERT@NOAA.GOV

THIS AND OTHER NWS SERVICE CHANGE NOTICES ARE AVAILABLE ONLINE AT
 HTTP://WWW.WEATHER.GOV/OM/NOTIF.HTM


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