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PUBLIC INFORMATION STATEMENT...CORRECTED
NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE CARIBOU ME
530 AM FRI SEP 6 2013

...RIVER FORECASTS TO BEGIN FOR THE PENOBSCOT RIVER AT BANGOR IN 
PENOBSCOT COUNTY...

BEGINNING OCTOBER 9 2013...THE NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE OFFICE IN 
CARIBOU WILL PROVIDE RIVER FORECAST AND WARNING INFORMATION SERVICES 
FOR THE PENOBSCOT RIVER AT BANGOR IN SOUTHERN PENOBSCOT COUNTY. THE 
NWS LOCATION IDENTIFIER FOR THIS SITE IS BPRM1. IT IS AT THIS 
LOCATION THAT THE KENDUSKEAG STREAM MEETS THE PENOBSCOT 
RIVER...WHICH THEN FLOWS SOUTH SOUTHWEST INTO THE PENOBSCOT BAY 
SOUTH OF BUCKSPORT. THE REACH OF THE RIVER FOR WHICH FORECASTS ARE 
VALID LIES ALONG THE BANGOR-BREWER LINE. 

THIS RIVER GAUGE IS AFFECTED BY TIDAL SURGES COMING UP FROM 
PENOBSCOT BAY. THESE TIDAL FLUCTUATIONS WILL BE INCLUDED IN THE 
OFFICIAL FORECASTS.

FORECAST GUIDANCE WILL BE PROVIDED BY THE NWS NORTHEAST RIVER 
FORECAST CENTER TWICE DAILY YEAR-ROUND. RIVER FLOOD WARNINGS 
WILL BE ISSUED BY NWS CARIBOU WHEN THERE IS CONFIDENCE THAT FLOOD 
STAGE OR HIGHER WILL BE REACHED. 

HERE ARE THE CRITICAL STAGES ASSOCIATED WITH THIS GAUGE:

ACTION STAGE: 11.0 FEET
MINOR FLOOD STAGE: 11.6 FEET
MODERATE FLOOD STAGE: 13.0 FEET
MAJOR FLOOD STAGE: 15.0 FEET

THESE STAGES WERE COORDINATED WITH THE UNITED STATES GEOLOGICAL 
SURVEY (USGS) MAINE WATER SCIENCE CENTER ...THE MAINE EMERGENCY 
MANAGEMENT AGENCY (MEMA)...PENOBSCOT EMERGENCY MANAGEMENT...AND THE 
CITY OF BANGOR. THE PENOBSCOT RIVER GAUGE AT BANGOR IS RUN BY THE 
USGS...MEMA...AND THE CITY OF BANGOR. IT IS MAINTAINED BY THE USGS 
MAINE WATER SCIENCE CENTER.

RIVER STAGE AND FORECASTS FOR THIS SITE CAN BE VIEWED ON THE NWS 
AHPS WEB PAGE AT 

HTTP://WATER.WEATHER.GOV/AHPS2/HYDROGRAPH.PHP?WFO=CAR&GAGE=BPRM1

THIS CHANGE WILL BE EFFECTIVE OCTOBER 9 2013.

THE NWS WELCOMES PUBLIC FEEDBACK. IF YOU HAVE QUESTIONS OR COMMENTS 
ON THIS NEW SERVICE PLEASE CONTACT:

MAUREEN HASTINGS
HYDROLOGY PROGRAM MANAGER
NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE OFFICE
810 MAIN STREET
CARIBOU MAINE 04736

PHONE: 207-492-0180
EMAIL: MAUREEN.HASTINGS@NOAA.GOV

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