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PUBLIC INFORMATION STATEMENT
NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE TULSA OK
200 PM CDT TUE JUL 16 2013

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200 PM CDT TUE JUL 16 2013


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

FROM   NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE
   WEATHER FORECAST OFFICE
   TULSA OKLAHOMA

SUBJECT    USE OF MIXED CASE LETTERS IN AREA FORECAST
           DISCUSSION /AFD/...REGIONAL WEATHER SUMMARY /RWS/...
           LOCAL PUBLIC INFORMATION STATEMENT /PNS/ AND SELECT
           HYDROLOGIC PRODUCTS AT THE NWS TULSA OFFICE EFFECTIVE
           ON OR ABOUT 31 JULY 2013.

EFFECTIVE ON OR ABOUT WEDNESDAY 31 JULY 2013...THE NWS WEATHER
FORECAST OFFICE IN TULSA WILL BEGIN ISSUING AREA FORECAST
DISCUSSION /AFD/...REGIONAL WEATHER SUMMARY /RWS/...LOCAL PUBLIC
INFORMATION STATEMENT /PNS/ AND SELECT HYDROLOGIC PRODUCTS USING
UPPER AND LOWERCASE ALPHABETIC LETTERS INSTEAD OF ALL UPPERCASE
LETTERS AS IS CURRENTLY DONE. THIS TEST WILL INCLUDED MIXED CASE
LETTERS IN RIVER FLOOD WARNINGS...WATCHES...AND ADVISORIES ISSUED
BY NWS TULSA.

THIS IS AN EXPANSION OF THE RISK-REDUCTION EFFORT BEGUN AUGUST
2010. A LIST OF ALLOWED MIXED CASE PUNCTUATION/CHARACTER SET AND
WHICH HYDROLOGIC PRODUCTS WILL BE INCLUDED IN THIS TEST CAN BE
FOUND AT

WWW.NWS.NOAA.GOV/OM/NOTIFICATION/PNS13ATAN1096RIVERPRO.HTM

USE OF MIXED CASE LETTERS IN TEXT PRODUCTS WILL MAKE THEM EASIER
TO READ AND ALLOW USERS TO CLICK ON INTERNET LINKS DIRECTLY RATHER
THAN CONVERTING THEM TO LOWERCASE OR MIXED CASE. ADDITIONAL
PUNCTUATION AND OTHER CHARACTERS THAT ARE PART OF THE
INTERNATIONAL REFERENCE ALPHABET NO. 5 WILL ALSO BE INCLUDED AS
APPROPRIATE. 

NWS PARTNERS AND USERS OF THE NWS TULSA TEXT PRODUCTS ARE
ENCOURAGED TO CONSIDER NWS INTENT AND COMMENT REGARDING THIS NEXT
STEP IN THE RISK REDUCTION EFFORT. USER FEEDBACK WILL HELP THE NWS
BETTER PLAN THE EVENTUAL TRANSITION OF OTHER NWS TEXT PRODUCTS TO
MIXED CASE AND THE EXPANDED CHARACTER SET. PLEASE PROVIDE COMMENTS
BY 30 JUNE 2014 AT

WWW.WEATHER.GOV/SURVEY/NWS-SURVEY.PHP?CODE=MIXED-CASE

IN THIS PHASE OF OUR RISK REDUCTION EFFORT...PARTNERS AND USERS
WILL HAVE THE OPPORTUNITY TO FURTHER IDENTIFY AND CORRECT ANY
ANOMALOUS BEHAVIOR OF THEIR SYSTEMS AND THEIR CUSTOMERS SYSTEMS
THAT MAY BE CAUSED BY MIXED CASE AND THE EXPANDED
PUNCTUATION/CHARACTER SET IN THESE WFO TEXT PRODUCTS.

THESE PRODUCTS WILL CONTINUE TO BE ISSUED USING MIXED CASE LETTERS
UNTIL NWS TULSA TRANSITIONS TO NEW OPERATIONAL SOFTWARE. MIXED
CASE LETTERS AND THE EXPANDED PUNCTUATION/CHARACTER SET FOR TEXT
PRODUCTS MAY NOT BE SUPPORTED IN THE INITIAL SOFTWARE RELEASE. THE
NWS IS WORKING TO MINIMIZE THE IMPACT OF THIS TRANSITION ON NWS
USERS AND WILL ISSUE ADDITIONAL NOTICES AND STATEMENTS AS UPDATED
USER INFORMATION IS AVAILABLE. PARTNERS AND USERS SHOULD BE AWARE
THESE PRODUCTS MAY REVERT BACK TO USING ALL UPPERCASE LETTERS AT
THE END OF THIS PHASE OF THE RISK REDUCTION EFFORT. 

IF YOU HAVE QUESTIONS...PLEASE CONTACT

NICOLE MCGAVOCK
SERVICE HYDROLOGIST
NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE
TULSA OKLAHOMA
918-838-7838
SR-TSA.WEBMASTER AT NOAA.GOV

FOR MORE INFORMATION...NATIONAL PUBLIC INFORMATION NOTICES ARE
ONLINE AT

WWW.WEATHER.GOV/OS/NOTIF.HTM


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