Testing of bulleted winter storm and non-precipitation products started Dec. 8

The National Weather Service office in Paducah will participate in the testing of a bulleted format for winter weather and non-precipitation products.

PUBLIC INFORMATION STATEMENT
NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE PADUCAH KY
550 PM CST TUE NOV 24 2009

SUBJECT: EXPERIMENTAL USE OF BULLETED WINTER STORM /WSW/ AND NON PRECIPITATION /NPW/ WATCH...WARNING...AND ADVISORY PRODUCTS

BEGINNING DECEMBER 8 2009 AND ENDING MAY 29 2010...THE PADUCAH
WEATHER FORECAST OFFICE /WFO/ WILL BEGIN MODIFYING THE WINTER
WEATHER /WSW/ AND NON PRECIPITATION /NPW/ FORMATS TO PRODUCE
EXPERIMENTAL BULLETED WATCH...WARNING...AND ADVISORY PRODUCTS WITH
A FORMAT SIMILAR TO SEVERE THUNDERSTORM AND FLASH FLOOD WARNINGS.
THESE FORMATS ARE EASIER FOR USERS TO READ AND QUICKLY GATHER
VITAL INFORMATION DURING HAZARDOUS WINTER AND NON PRECIPITATION
EVENTS. DURING THE TEST PERIOD...THE PADUCAH WFO MAY TEMPORARILY
REVERT BACK TO THE CURRENT FORMAT TO MAINTAIN MISSION CRITICAL
WARNING SERVICES.

A PRODUCT DESCRIPTION DOCUMENT /PDD/ FOR THESE EXPERIMENTAL
PRODUCTS...INCLUDING A LIST OF OTHER AFFECTED WFOS AND EXAMPLES
OF THE BULLET FORMATTED WSW AND NPW PRODUCTS...ARE AVAILABLE AT
/USE LOWER CASE/...

HTTP://PRODUCTS.WEATHER.GOV/VIEWLISTE.PHP

PUBLIC COMMENTS ARE REQUESTED THROUGH MAY 29 2010 AT /USE LOWER CASE/...

HTTP://WWW.WEATHER.GOV/SURVEY/NWS-SURVEY.PHP?CODE=WSWNPW

UPON THE COMPLETION OF THIS EXPERIMENTAL PERIOD...THE NWS WILL
EVALUATE ALL RECEIVED COMMENTS TO DETERMINE WHETHER OR NOT TO
PROCEED WITH THE FULL IMPLEMENTATION OF BULLET FORMATTED WSW/NPW PRODUCTS
NATIONWIDE.

IF YOU HAVE COMMENTS OR QUESTIONS REGARDING THIS PUBLIC
INFORMATION STATEMENT...PLEASE CONTACT...

     RICKY SHANKLIN...WARNING COORDINATION METEOROLOGIST
     NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE PADUCAH KENTUCKY
     RICKY.SHANKLIN@NOAA.GOV
     270.744.6440 EXT. 726

$$

A sample bulleted winter weather message follows:
URGENT - WINTER WEATHER MESSAGE
NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE RENO NV
1125 AM PDT FRI OCT 3 2008
...EARLY SEASON STORM TO BRING STRONG WINDS AND HIGH ELEVATION
SNOWFALL...
.A STRONG PACIFIC STORM SYSTEM WILL PUSH ACROSS NORTHERN AND
CENTRAL CALIFORNIA TONIGHT AND SATURDAY. WINDS WILL INCREASE THIS
AFTERNOON AHEAD OF THE SYSTEM AND BECOME STRONGER OVERNIGHT. RAIN
WILL MOVE INTO THE SIERRA THIS EVENING WITH SNOW ON THE HIGHEST
MOUNTAIN PEAKS. SNOW LEVELS WILL FALL SATURDAY MORNING WITH A
PERIOD OF HEAVY SNOWFALL AT THE HIGHER ELEVATIONS.
CAZ073-041200-
/O.UPG.KREV.WS.A.0011.081004T0600Z-081005T0600Z/
/O.NEW.KREV.WS.W.0007.081004T0600Z-081005T0000Z/
MONO INCLUDING
THE CITIES OF...BRIDGEPORT...COLEVILLE...LEE VINING...
MAMMOTH LAKES
1125 AM PDT FRI OCT 3 2008
...WINTER STORM WARNING IN EFFECT FROM 11 PM THIS EVENING TO 5 PM
PDT SATURDAY FOR AREAS ABOVE 8000 FEET...
THE NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE IN RENO HAS ISSUED A WINTER STORM
WARNING...WHICH IS IN EFFECT FROM 11 PM THIS EVENING TO 5 PM PDT
SATURDAY. THE WINTER STORM WATCH IS NO LONGER IN EFFECT.
* SIGNIFICANT SNOW ACCUMULATIONS AND STRONG WINDS WILL CREATE
DANGEROUS CONDITIONS FOR BACK COUNTRY ACTIVITIES IN THE HIGH SIERRA
TONIGHT AND SATURDAY.
* TOTAL SNOW ACCUMULATIONS ABOVE 9000 FEET OF 6 TO 12 INCHES...WITH
4 TO 6 INCHES BETWEEN 8000 FEET AND 9000 FEET.
* SOUTHWEST WINDS WILL INCREASE TO 20 TO 40 MPH WITH GUSTS TO 60
MPH. GUSTS TO 90 MPH ARE POSSIBLE OVER THE SIERRA RIDGES.
* SNOW LEVELS WILL START NEAR 10000 FEET TONIGHT AND DROP TO AROUND
8000 FEET BY LATE SATURDAY AFTERNOON.
PREPAREDNESS/PRECAUTIONARY ACTIONS...
ALL BACKCOUNTRY ACTIVITES SHOULD BE SUSPENDED BY THIS AFTERNOON AS
CONDITIONS WILL QUICKLY DETEORATE THIS EVENING AS A WINTER STORM MOVES
INTO THE HIGH SIERRA. HEAVY SNOW...HIGH WINDS AND COLD TEMPERATURES
WILL PRODUCE VERY DANGEROUS CONDTIONS FOR THOSE IN THE BACKCOUNTRY.
&&
$$

 



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