Public Information Statement
NOTE: Thank you for your feedback on this change. The NHC is moving forward with the Offshore Zones changes. Please
read the Service Change Notice for more details.
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Public Information Statement, Comment Request
National Weather Service Headquarters Washington DC
225 PM EDT Fri Sep 23 2011
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From: Therese Z. Pierce
Chief, Marine and Coastal Weather Services Branch
Subject: Comments Sought on Proposed Change to Offshore Waters
Marine Zones for the Caribbean, Southwest North
Atlantic and Gulf of Mexico through October 31, 2011
The National Hurricane Center Tropical Analysis and Forecast Branch (TAFB) is
accepting comments on its proposed offshore marine zone reconfiguration in the
Caribbean, southwest North Atlantic, and Gulf of Mexico through October 31, 2011.
Comments concerning this experimental service are welcome at:
Currently there are 5 marine zones covering the Caribbean and Southwest North
Atlantic and 4 marine zones covering the Gulf of Mexico. TAFB proposes to
reconfigure these zones into 24 marine zones to cover the Caribbean and southwest
North Atlantic and 8 zones to cover the Gulf of Mexico.
Marine observations, local effects, and substantial customer feedback all
indicate that the current configuration of marine zones does not adequately
address local effects or provide sufficient detail for the marine community.
This reconfiguration would improve the precision of marine warnings, forecasts
and other services by allowing forecasters to be more area specific.
To meet the time constraints for broadcast via U.S. Coast Guard NAVTEX
transmitters [HDC1], the products will be based on forecast data within 250
nautical miles of each of the NAVTEX transmitter areas and will mimic the
current offshore zones. Graphical images of the current marine zones and the
proposed marine zones, as well as examples of current and proposed Offshore
Marine zone forecasts are online at:
For more information regarding this notice, please contact:
National Hurricane Center
Tropical Analysis and Forecast Branch
Miami , FL 33165-2149
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