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.
NOUS41 KWBC 231834 PNSWSH Public Information Statement, Comment Request National Weather Service Headquarters Washington DC 225 PM EDT Fri Sep 23 2011 To: Subscribers -Family of Services -NOAA Weather Wire Service -Emergency Managers Weather Information Network -NOAAPORT Other NWS Partners, Users and Employees 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: http://www.nhc.noaa.gov/experimental/offshores/feedback.php 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: http://www.nhc.noaa.gov/experimental/offshores For more information regarding this notice, please contact: National Hurricane Center Tropical Analysis and Forecast Branch Miami , FL 33165-2149 305-229-4454 Hugh.Cobb@noaa.gov National Public Information Statements are online at: http://www.nws.noaa.gov/om/notif.htm $$