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Issued by NWS Mt. Holly, NJ

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SERVICE CHANGE NOTICE 15-18
NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE HEADQUARTERS
WASHINGTON, DC 1255 PM EDT TUE MAR 31 2015


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

FROM:    MARK TEW
         CHIEF, MARINE AND COASTAL WEATHER SERVICES BRANCH

SUBJECT: EXPERIMENTAL BEACH HAZARDS STATEMENT WILL BECOME
         OPERATIONAL EFFECTIVE MAY 4, 2015

EFFECTIVE MONDAY MAY 4, 2015, THE EXPERIMENTAL BEACH HAZARDS
STATEMENT WILL TRANSITION TO OPERATIONAL. THE BEACH HAZARDS
STATEMENT IS APPROVED FOR ALL COASTAL NWS OFFICES TO ISSUE WHEN
THEY DETERMINE THERE ARE UNUSUAL OR HAZARDOUS CONDITIONS IN THE
SURF ZONE OR AT A BEACH IN THEIR AREA OF FORECAST RESPONSIBILITY.
THE BEACH HAZARDS STATEMENT PROVIDES BEACHGOERS AND
LOCAL AUTHORITIES WITH SIGNIFICANT INFORMATION RELATED TO
HAZARDS, ACTUAL OR POTENTIAL, WHICH CURRENTLY DO NOT HAVE NWS
WATCH, WARNING OR ADVISORY PRODUCTS. THIS INCLUDES, BUT IS NOT
LIMITED TO:

- DANGEROUS CURRENTS IN THE SURF ZONE
- UNUSUAL SURF/WAVE/TIDE CONDITIONS NOT MEETING ADVISORY CRITERIA

COASTAL NWS OFFICES ISSUE RIP CURRENT STATEMENTS TO INFORM
BEACHGOERS OF THE POTENTIAL AND RISK LEVEL FOR RIP CURRENTS.

SINCE 2012, 20 COASTAL WEATHER FORECAST OFFICES (WFOS) HAVE BEEN
TESTING THE EXPERIMENTAL BEACH HAZARDS STATEMENT (TABLE 1). NWS
RECEIVED COMMENTS FROM MAY 15, 2012, THROUGH DECEMBER 31, 2014.
BASED ON POSITIVE FEEDBACK FOR THE EXPERIMENTAL PRODUCT, NWS WILL
TRANSITION THE EXPERIMENTAL BEACH HAZARDS STATEMENT TO THE BEACH
HAZARDS STATEMENT.

THE VTEC CODE FOR THE BEACH HAZARDS STATEMENT WILL BE THE SAME AS
FOR THE EXPERIMENTAL BEACH HAZARDS STATEMENT: BH.S. USERS DO NOT
NEED TO MAKE ANY ADJUSTMENTS TO THEIR SYSTEMS.

TABLE 1: COMMUNICATION IDENTIFIERS FOR NWS OFFICES WHO TESTED THE
EXPERIMENTAL BEACH HAZARDS STATEMENT

ISSUING WFO                  WMO HEADER             AWIPS ID
-----------                  -----------            --------
NEWPORT/MOREHEAD CITY, NC    WHUS42 KMHX            CFWMHX
WAKEFIELD, VA                WHUS41 KAKQ            CFWAKQ
NEW ORLEANS/BATON ROUGE, LA  WHUS44 KLIX            CFWLIX
TAMPA BAY AREA, FL           WHUS42 KTBW            CFWTBW
MIAMI, FL                    WHUS42 KMFL            CFWMFL
KEY WEST, FL                 WHUS42 KKEY            CFWKEY
CORPUS CHRISTI, TX           WHUS44 KCRP            CFWCRP
GRAND RAPIDS, MI             WHUS43 KGRR            CFWGRR
MARQUETTE, MI                WHUS43 KMQT            CFWMQT
GAYLORD, MI                  WHUS43 KAPX            CFWAPX
NORTHERN INDIANA, IN         WHUS43 KIWX            CFWIWX
CHICAGO, IL                  WHUS43 KLOT            CFWLOT
SEATTLE, WA                  WHUS46 KSEW            CFWSEW
SAN FRANCISCO BAY AREA, CA   WHUS46 KMTR            CFWMTR
LOS ANGELES/OXNARD, CA       WHUS46 KLOX            CFWLOX
SAN DIEGO, CA                WHUS46 KSGX            CFWSGX
DETROIT, MI                  WHUS43 KDTX            CFWDTX
DULUTH, MN                   WHUS43 KDLH            CFWDLH
GREEN BAY, WI                WHUS43 KGRB            CFWGRB
MILWAUKEE, WI                WHUS43 KMKX            CFWMKX

FIVE NWS OFFICES (TABLE 2) HAVE COLLABORATED WITH OTHER AGENCIES
TO INCLUDE SPECIFIC ECOLOGICAL HAZARDS IN THE BEACH HAZARDS
STATEMENT.

TABLE 2: WFOS INCLUDING INFORMATION ON SPECIFIC ECOLOGICAL
HAZARDS IN THE BHS:

ISSUING WFO                   ECOLOGICAL HAZARDS IN BHS
--------                      ------------------------------
SAN FRANCISCO BAY AREA,       BACTERIA IN WATER (ISSUED ONLY WHEN
AND SAN DIEGO, CA             A BEACH IS CLOSED DUE TO BACTERIA)

TAMPA BAY AREA, MIAMI AND     HARMFUL ALGAL BLOOM (ISSUED ONLY
KEY WEST FL                   WHEN THERE IS A HIGH RISK OF
                              RESPIRATORY IMPACTS)

BELOW ARE LINKS TO EXAMPLES OF THE BEACH HAZARDS STATEMENT.

DANGEROUS SWIMMING CONDITIONS

WWW.NWS.NOAA.GOV/OM/NOTIFICATION/MC/DANGEROUS_SWIMMING.PDF

RIP CURRENTS AND HIGH WATER LEVELS

WWW.NWS.NOAA.GOV/OM/NOTIFICATION/MC/RIP_CURRENTS_HWL.PDF

MINOR COASTAL FLOODING AND RIP CURRENTS

WWW.NWS.NOAA.GOV/OM/NOTIFICATION/MC/MINOR_COAST_FLOOD_RIP.PDF

MINOR TIDAL OVERFLOW

HTTP://WWW.NWS.NOAA.GOV/OM/NOTIFICATION/MC/MINOR_TIDAL.PDF

HIGH WAVES AND SHORELINE CURRENTS

HTTP://WWW.NWS.NOAA.GOV/OM/NOTIFICATION/MC/HIGH_WAVES.PDF

FLORIDA RED TIDE

HTTP://WWW.NWS.NOAA.GOV/OS/NOTIFICATION/MC/REDTIDE.PDF

ON THE NWS WATCH, WARNING, ADVISORY MAP (HTTP://WWW.WEATHER.GOV),
THE BEACH HAZARDS STATEMENT, ALONG WITH THE RIP CURRENT
STATEMENT, IS HIGHLIGHTED IN TURQUOISE.

FOR INFORMATION ON BEACH HAZARDS SAFETY AND AWARENESS, PLEASE
REFER TO THE FOLLOWING WEBSITE:

HTTP://WWW.RIPCURRENTS.NOAA.GOV

GENERAL BACKGROUND INFORMATION ON VTEC CAN BE FOUND ONLINE AT:

HTTP://WWW.NWS.NOAA.GOV/OS/VTEC

IF YOU HAVE QUESTIONS OR COMMENTS PLEASE CONTACT:

WAYNE PRESNELL
BEACH HAZARDS TEAM LEADER
SILVER SPRING, MD 20910
301-427-9390
WAYNE.PRESNELL@NOAA.GOV

NWS SERVICE CHANGE NOTICES ARE ONLINE AT:

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

$$

FOR MOUNT HOLLY, WE WILL BE ISSUING THE BEACH HAZARDOUS STATEMENT ON
AN AS NEEDED BASIS TO SUPPORT SURF ZONE SAFETY, BUT NO REDUNDANT
PRODUCTS.  EMPHASIS FOR OUR OFFICE MAY BE ECOLOGICAL (RED TIDE) OR
WIDESPREAD AND ANOMALOUSLY COLDER THAN NORMAL WATERS,  POSSIBLY A
RARE SQUALL LINE PRESSURE INDUCED SEICHE. THIS BEACH HAZARD
STATEMENT WILL BE EVOLVING OVER THE COMING YEARS AND WILL CONTAIN
INFORMATION THAT CANNOT BE FOUND IN ANY OTHER MOUNT HOLLY NON-AFD
PRODUCT. IT WILL NOT REPLACE THE PRIMARY METHOD OF INFORMING ABOUT
DANGEROUS RIP CURRENTS, AT LEAST NOT FOR THIS YEAR.

STATEMENTS FROM THIS PROGRAM COULD BEGIN AS EARLY AS THE START OF
OUR MOUNT HOLLY SURF ZONE FORECAST PROGRAM,  FRIDAY MAY 15TH.

$$
DRAG
553 PM 4/21/15



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