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PUBLIC INFORMATION STATEMENT, COMMENT REQUEST
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 AND NWS EMPLOYEES

FROM:      ELI JACKS
           CHIEF, FIRE AND PUBLIC WEATHER SERVICES BRANCH

SUBJECT:   SOLICITING COMMENTS UNTIL NOVEMBER 4, 2015 ON
           EXPERIMENTAL IMPACT BASED WARNINGS

NWS IS ACCEPTING COMMENTS BEGINNING WEDNESDAY, APRIL 1, 2015, AND
CONTINUING THROUGH WEDNESDAY, NOVEMBER 4, 2015, ON AN EXPANSION
OF ITS EXPERIMENTAL IMPACT BASED WARNINGS. ALL 38 NWS CENTRAL
REGION WEATHER FORECAST OFFICES (WFOS), 19 SOUTHERN REGION WFOS,
7 EASTERN REGION WFOS, AND 3 WESTERN REGION WFOS WILL ISSUE
ENHANCED CONVECTIVE WARNINGS. A LIST OF PARTICIPATING OFFICES AND
LOCAL POINTS OF CONTACT IS ONLINE AT:

  HTTP://WWW.WEATHER.GOV/MEDIA/IMPACTS/IBWCONTACTS.PDF.

THIS IS AN EXPANSION OF THE EXPERIMENTAL IMPACT BASED WARNING
DEMONSTRATION BEGUN IN 2014:

  HTTP://WWW.NWS.NOAA.GOV/OM/NOTIFICATION/PNS14IBW.TXT

SEVERE THUNDERSTORM WARNING (SVR), TORNADO WARNING (TOR) AND
SEVERE WEATHER STATEMENT (SVS) PRODUCTS WILL BE STRATIFIED INTO
CATEGORIES DISTINGUISHING EXTREME CASES FROM BASE CONVECTIVE
WARNINGS. ADDITIONAL ENHANCED WORDING WILL BE INCLUDED TO CONVEY
INFORMATION ABOUT ASSOCIATED IMPACTS, SPECIFIC HAZARDS EXPECTED,
AND RECOMMENDED ACTIONS, BOTH WITHIN THE BULLET STATEMENTS AND AS
PART OF THE TAG LINE CODES.

ADDITIONAL INFORMATION AND PRODUCT EXAMPLES ARE ONLINE AT:

  HTTP://WWW.WEATHER.GOV/IMPACTS

A PRODUCT DESCRIPTION DOCUMENT (PDD) OUTLINING THE PRODUCTS IS
ONLINE AT:

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

BASED ON DEMONSTRATION RESULTS, THE IMPACT BASED WARNINGS ARE
BEING CONSIDERED FOR IMPLEMENTATION ON A NATIONAL BASIS.

PLEASE SUBMIT COMMENTS ON THE PROPOSED NATIONAL IMPLEMENTATION
TO:

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

AFTER THE EXPERIMENTAL PERIOD IS COMPLETED AND THE COMMENT PERIOD
CLOSES, NWS WILL EVALUATE ALL COMMENTS TO DETERMINE WHETHER TO
IMPLEMENT THE EXPERIMENTAL IMPACT BASED WARNINGS AS OPERATIONAL
PRODUCTS.

FOR MORE INFORMATION, PLEASE CONTACT:

  JOHN FERREE
  NWS SEVERE STORMS SERVICES
  NORMAN, OK  73072
  JOHN.T.FERREE@NOAA.GOV
  405-325-2209

NATIONAL SERVICE CHANGE NOTICES ARE ONLINE AT:

  HTTP://WWW.WEATHER.GOV/OS/NOTIF.HTM

$$



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