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Public Information Statement


NOUS41 KWBC 261744
PNSWSH

SERVICE CHANGE NOTICE 10-07
NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE HEADQUARTERS WASHINGTON DC
1245 PM EST TUE JAN 26 2010

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

FROM:        THERESE Z. PIERCE
             CHIEF...MARINE AND COASTAL SERVICES BRANCH

SUBJECT:     FORMAT CHANGES TO THE TROPICAL CYCLONE PUBLIC
             ADVISORY PRODUCTS FOR THE ATLANTIC...EASTERN
             PACIFIC...AND CENTRAL PACIFIC HURRICANE BASINS: 
             EFFECTIVE MAY 15 2010

EFFECTIVE MAY 15 2010...BASED ON USER INPUTS...FORMAT CHANGES 
WILL BE MADE IN THE TROPICAL CYCLONE PUBLIC ADVISORY /TCP/ 
PRODUCT. THE CHANGES WILL ALLOW USERS TO MORE EASILY FIND 
INFORMATION WITHIN STANDARDIZED SECTIONS AND PROVIDE EASIER 
DECODING WITH AUTOMATED PROGRAMS. THE MOST SIGNIFICANT CHANGES 
ARE AS FOLLOWS:

1. THE TCP WILL BE ORGANIZED INTO FIVE SECTIONS. EACH SECTION 
WILL BE INTRODUCED USING ONE OF THE FOLLOWING SECTION HEADERS:  
-SUMMARY
-WATCHES AND WARNINGS
-DISCUSSION AND 48-HOUR OUTLOOK
-HAZARDS AFFECTING LAND
-NEXT ADVISORY.

2. THE SUMMARY /OR REPEAT/ SECTION OF THE ADVISORY MOVES TO THE 
TOP OF THE PRODUCT...IMMEDIATELY FOLLOWING THE HEADLINE...AS THE 
FIRST SECTION HEADER.  THE SUMMARY SECTION EXPANDS TO INCLUDE 
ADDITIONAL GEOGRAPHICAL REFERENCE LINES.

3. WATCH AND WARNING INFORMATION WILL BE ORGANIZED DIFFERENTLY 
AND ACTIVE WATCHES AND WARNINGS WILL APPEAR AS A BULLETED LIST.

MORE DETAILED INFORMATION ON THE CHANGES TO THE TCP 
FORMAT...ALONG WITH EXAMPLES...IS PROVIDED AT /USE LOWERCASE/:

HTTP://WWW.NHC.NOAA.GOV/HELP/TCP.SHTML

THERE ARE NO CHANGES TO THE AWIPS IDENTIFIERS...WMO PRODUCT 
HEADINGS OR PRODUCT ISSUANCE TIMES FOR THE TCP PRODUCTS.

THE NATIONAL HURRICANE CENTER IS RESPONSIBLE FOR ALL 
METEOROLOGICAL DECISIONS CONCERNING FORECASTING OF TROPICAL AND 
SUBTROPICAL SYSTEMS FOR THE ATLANTIC OCEAN AND THE EASTERN 
PACIFIC OCEAN...NORTH OF THE EQUATOR AND EAST OF 140 DEGREES 
WEST LONGITUDE.

THE CENTRAL PACIFIC HURRICANE CENTER IS RESPONSIBLE FOR ALL 
METEOROLOGICAL DECISIONS CONCERNING FORECASTING OF TROPICAL AND 
SUBTROPICAL SYSTEMS FOR THE PACIFIC OCEAN NORTH OF THE EQUATOR 
FROM 140 DEGREES WEST TO 180 DEGREES WEST LONGITUDE.

IF YOU HAVE QUESTIONS...PLEASE CONTACT:

    TIMOTHY SCHOTT
    NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE
    MARINE AND COASTAL SERVICES BRANCH
    1325 EAST WEST HWY ROOM 13126
    SILVER SPRING MARYLAND 20910
    PHONE:  301-713-1677 EXTENSION 122

NATIONAL SERVICE CHANGE NOTICES ARE ONLINE AT /USE LOWERCASE/:

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

$$
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