Information on Changes to Flood Products

PUBLIC INFORMATION STATEMENT
NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE JACKSON KY
817 AM EDT THU MAY 15 2008

TO:        SUBSCRIBERS:
           -FAMILY OF SERVICES
           -NOAA WEATHER WIRE SERVICE
           -EMERGENCY MANAGERS WEATHER INFORMATION NETWORK
           OTHER NWS PARTNERS...AND NWS EMPLOYEES

FROM:      SHAWN HARLEY
           METEOROLOGIST-IN-CHARGE
           NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE JACKSON KY

SUBJECT:   REMOVAL OF TRACKING INFORMATION LINE
           /TIME...MOT...LOC/ FROM FLASH FLOOD AND AREAL FLOOD
           PRODUCTS EFFECTIVE JULY 1 2008

EFFECTIVE TUESDAY JULY 1 2008 AT 1400 COORDINATED UNIVERSAL TIME
/UTC/ THE NWS WEATHER FORECAST OFFICE IN JACKSON KY WILL REMOVE
THE TRACKING INFORMATION LINE /TIME...MOT...LOC/ FROM THE FOLLOWING
FLASH FLOOD AND AREAL FLOOD WARNINGS AND STATEMENTS:

     FLASH FLOOD WARNINGS /FFW/
     FLASH FLOOD STATEMENTS /FFS/
     AREAL FLOOD WARNINGS /FLW/
     AREAL FLOOD ADVISORIES AND AREAL FLOOD STATEMENTS /FLS/

NWS WILL NO LONGER APPEND THE TRACKING INFORMATION LINE THAT BEGINS
WITH THE 16 CHARACTER STRING TIME...MOT...LOC TO THESE FLASH
FLOOD AND AREAL FLOOD WARNINGS AND STATEMENTS BECAUSE STORM
TRACKING INFORMATION MAY INCORRECTLY IDENTIFY HOW AND WHERE
FLOODING WILL PROGRESS OVER TIME.

THE TRACKING LINE WILL BE REMOVED ON JULY 1 2008 AT 1400 UTC
UNLESS ADVERSE WEATHER IS AFFECTING AN NWS WEATHER FORECAST
OFFICE /WFO/ COUNTY WARNING AREA...IN WHICH CASE THE WFO WILL
IMPLEMENT THE CHANGE AT A MORE SUITABLE TIME.

TORNADO /TOR/...SEVERE THUNDERSTORM /SVR/...SPECIAL MARINE
/SMW/...AND EXTREME WIND /EWW/ WARNINGS AND STATEMENTS /SVS AND
MWS/ WILL CONTINUE TO INCLUDE THE TRACKING INFORMATION PER
SERVICE CHANGE NOTICE /SCN/ 07-23: NATIONWIDE IMPLEMENTATION OF
NEW TRACKING LINE ON SHORT DURATION WARNINGS AND STATEMENTS
BEGINNING JULY 16 2007. SCN07-23 IS AVAILABLE ONLINE AT
/USE LOWER CASE LETTERS/:

  HTTP://WWW.WEATHER.GOV/OS/NOTIFICATION/OLD/LIST.PHP

THERE ARE NO CHANGES TO AWIPS IDENTIFIERS...WMO PRODUCT HEADINGS
OR PRODUCT ISSUANCE TIMES.

THIS CHANGE WILL BE INCLUDED IN THE NEXT UPDATE TO NWS
INSTRUCTION /NWSI/ 10-922...WEATHER FORECAST OFFICE HYDROLOGIC
PRODUCTS SPECIFICATION... AVAILABLE ONLINE AT /USE LOWER CASE/:

  HTTP://WWW.NWS.NOAA.GOV/DIRECTIVES/SYM/PD01009022CURR.PDF

IF YOU HAVE ANY QUESTIONS...PLEASE CONTACT:

JOHN FERREE
NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE
FIRE AND PUBLIC WEATHER SERVICES BRANCH
120 DAVID L. BOREN BLVD SUITE 2312
NORMAN OK 73072
PHONE:  405-325-2209
JOHN.T.FERREE@NOAA.GOV

NWS SERVICE CHANGE NOTICES ARE ONLINE AT /USE LOWER CASE/:

  HTTP://WWW.NWS.NOAA.GOV/OM/NOTIF.HTM



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