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Public Information Statement

Statement as of 3:29 PM EDT on April 01, 2015


... Public information statement...

Service change notice 15-18
National Weather Service Headquarters Washington, DC

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


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