430  
NOUS42 KTAE 081654  
PNSTAE  
ALZ065>069-FLZ007>019-026>029-034-108-112-114-115-118-127-128-134-  
GAZ120>131-142>148-155>161-090500-  
 
PUBLIC INFORMATION STATEMENT  
NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE TALLAHASSEE FL  
1254 PM EDT TUE AUG 8 2017 /1154 AM CDT TUE AUG 8 2017/  
   
..PUBLIC INFORMATION STATEMENT
 
 
TO: SUBSCRIBERS:  
-NOAA WEATHER WIRE SERVICE  
-EMERGENCY MANAGERS WEATHER INFORMATION NETWORK  
-NOAAPORT  
OTHER NWS PARTNERS, USERS AND EMPLOYEES  
 
FROM: ALLISON ALLEN  
CHIEF, MARINE, TROPICAL, AND TSUNAMI SERVICES  
BRANCH  
 
SUBJECT: IMPLEMENTING IMPROVED MARINE ZONE COVERAGE FOR  
COASTAL WATERS ALONG THE FLORIDA PANHANDLE EFFECTIVE  
DECEMBER 5, 2017  
 
EFFECTIVE TUESDAY DECEMBER 5, 2017 AT 200 PM EASTERN STANDARD  
TIME (EST), 100 PM CENTRAL STANDARD TIME (CST), 1900 COORDINATED  
UNIVERSAL TIME (UTC), NWS WILL REALIGN MARINE ZONES WITHIN  
WEATHER FORECAST OFFICE (WFO) TALLAHASSEE AND MOBILE AREAS OF  
RESPONSIBILITY FOR COASTAL WATERS ALONG THE FLORIDA PANHANDLE  
TO BETTER ALIGN WITH THE NATIONAL HURRICANE CENTER (NHC)  
BREAKPOINTS. THE CHANGES INVOLVES THE FOLLOWING MARINE ZONES:  
 
THE FIRST CHANGE MOVES THE WESTERNMOST EDGE OF GMZ750 AND GMZ770  
FROM DESTIN TO THE OKALOOSA AND THE WALTON COUNTY LINE WHERE THE  
NEW NHC BREAKPOINT IS DEFINED.  
 
THE SECOND CHANGE SPLITS COASTAL WATERS FROM APALACHICOLA TO  
OKALOOSA-WALTON COUNTY LINE OUT TO 20 NM INTO TWO ZONES. THE  
ZONES WILL NOW BE COASTAL WATERS FROM OKALOOSA-WALTON COUNTY  
LINE TO MEXICO BEACH OUT TO 20 NM, ZONE 750, AND COASTAL WATERS  
FROM MEXICO BEACH TO APALACHICOLA OUT TO 20 NM, ZONE 752.  
 
THE THIRD CHANGE SPLITS COASTAL WATERS FROM APALACHICOLA TO THE  
OKALOOSA-WALTON COUNTY LINE, 20 TO 60 NM, INTO TWO ZONES. THE  
ZONES WILL NOW BE COASTAL WATERS FROM OKALOOSA-WALTON COUNTY  
LINE TO MEXICO BEACH ,20 TO 60 NM, ZONE 770, AND COASTAL WATERS  
FROM MEXICO BEACH TO APALACHICOLA 20 TO 60 NM, ZONE 772.  
 
THE MARINE ZONE CODE AND NAME GMZ635, CHOCTAWHATCHEE BAY, WILL  
BE SPLIT INTO TWO SECTIONS: THE WESTERN PORTION OF THE NEW  
CHOCTAWHATCHEE BAY MARINE ZONE ON THE OKALOOSA COUNTY SIDE WILL  
BE GMZ635, WESTERN CHOCTAWHATCHEE BAY. THE EASTERN PORTION OF  
THE NEW CHOCTAWHATCHEE BAY MARINE ZONE ON THE WALTON COUNTY SIDE  
WILL BECOME GMZ636, EASTERN CHOCTAWHATCHEE BAY.  
 
TABLE 1: CURRENT MARINE ZONES AND CORRESPONDING UNIVERSAL  
GEOGRAPHIC CODES (UGC) FOR WFO TALLAHASSEE, FL  
 
UGC: CURRENT MARINE ZONE NAME  
-----------------------------  
GMZ730: APALACHEE BAY OR COASTAL WATERS FROM KEATON BEACH TO  
OCHLOCKONEE RIVER, FL, OUT TO 20 NM  
GMZ755: COASTAL WATERS FROM OCHLOCKONEE RIVER TO APALACHICOLA,  
FL, OUT TO 20 NM  
GMZ775: WATERS FROM SUWANNEE RIVER TO APALACHICOLA, FL, FROM  
20 TO 60 NM  
GMZ750: COASTAL WATERS FROM APALACHICOLA TO DESTIN, FL, OUT  
20 NM  
GMZ765: COASTAL WATERS FROM SUWANEE RIVER TO KEATON BEACH, OUT  
20 NM  
GMZ770: WATERS FROM APALACHICOLA TO DESTIN, FL, FROM  
20 TO 60 NM  
 
TABLE 2: MARINE ZONES AND CORRESPONDING UNIVERSAL GEOGRAPHIC  
CODES (UGC) FOR WHICH WFO TALLAHASSEE FL WILL ISSUE FORECASTS AND  
WARNINGS EFFECTIVE DECEMBER 5, 2017  
 
UGC: MARINE ZONES EFFECTIVE DECEMBER 5, 2017  
--------------------------------------------  
GMZ730: APALACHEE BAY OR COASTAL WATERS FROM KEATON BEACH TO  
OCHLOCKONEE RIVER, FL, OUT TO 20 NM  
GMZ755: COASTAL WATERS FROM OCHLOCKONEE RIVER TO APALACHICOLA,  
FL, OUT TO 20 NM  
GMZ775: WATERS FROM SUWANNEE RIVER TO APALACHICOLA, FL, FROM  
20 TO 60 NM  
GMZ750: COASTAL WATERS FROM OKALOOSA-WALTON COUNTY LINE TO  
MEXICO BEACH OUT TO 20 NM  
GMZ752: COASTAL WATERS FROM MEXICO BEACH TO APALACHICOLA OUT TO  
20 NM  
GMZ765: COASTAL WATERS FROM SUWANEE RIVER TO KEATON BEACH, OUT  
20 NM  
GMZ770: COASTAL WATERS FROM OKALOOSA-WALTON COUNTY LINE TO  
MEXICO BEACH 20 TO 60 NM  
GMZ772: COASTAL WATERS FROM MEXICO BEACH TO APALACHICOLA 20 TO  
60 NM  
 
GRAPHICAL IMAGES OF THE CURRENT AND FUTURE MARINE WEATHER ZONES  
LISTED ABOVE ARE ONLINE AT:  
 
HTTP://WWW.WEATHER.GOV/TAE/MARINE_ZONE_CHANGES  
 
TABLE 3: NWS PRODUCTS AFFECTED BY THE WFO TALLAHASSEE FL MARINE  
ZONE CHANGES EFFECTIVE DECEMBER 5, 2017:  
 
PRODUCT NAME AWIPS ID WMO HEADING  
------------ -------- --------  
COASTAL WATERS FORECAST CWFTAE FZUS52 KTAE  
SPECIAL MARINE WARNING SMWTAE WHUS52 KTAE  
MARINE WEATHER STATEMENT MWSTAE FZUS72 KTAE  
MARINE WEATHER MESSAGE MWWTAE WHUS72 KTAE  
HURRICANE LOCAL STATEMENT HLSTAE WTUS82 KTAE  
WATCH COUNTY NOTIFICATION WCNTAE WWUS62 KTAE  
HAZARDOUS WEATHER OUTLOOK HWOTAE FLUS42 KTAE  
SPECIAL WEATHER STATEMENT SPSTAE WWUS82 KTAE  
TSUNAMI MESSAGE WEXX20 PAAQ TSUAT1  
WATCH OUTLINE UPDATE WOUS64 KWNS WOUN (N=1-9)  
 
USERS OF WFOS MOBILE AND TALLAHASSEE PRODUCTS MUST REPROGRAM  
AFFECTED HARDWARE AND SOFTWARE TO CONTINUE CORRECTLY PROCESSING  
THE ABOVE MENTIONED PRODUCTS.  
 
USERS ACCESSING NWS GRAPHICAL MARINE FORECASTS MUST DOWNLOAD  
UPDATED ZONE MAP SHAPEFILES TO CORRECTLY VIEW FORECASTS FOR THE  
GULF OF MEXICO WATERS ALONG THE FLORIDA PANHANDLE. UPDATED ZONE  
MAP SHAPEFILES CONTAINING THE NEW ZONES ARE AVAILABLE ONLINE AT:  
 
HTTP://WWW.NWS.NOAA.GOV/GEODATA/CATALOG/WSOM/HTML/MARINEZONES.HT  
M  
 
IF YOU HAVE ANY QUESTIONS, PLEASE CONTACT  
 
JANE HOLLINGSWORTH  
METEOROLOGIST IN CHARGE  
TALLAHASSEE FL 32306-4509  
850-942-8833  
 
NATIONAL SERVICE CHANGE NOTICES ARE ONLINE AT:  
 
HTTP://WWW.NWS.NOAA.GOV/OM/NOTIF.HTM  
 

 
 
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