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PUBLIC INFORMATION STATEMENT
NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE PITTSBURGH PA
1105 AM EDT FRI OCT 16 2020

...TRANSFER OF NWS FORECAST AND WARNING SERVICES FOR MARYLAND\'S 
GARRETT AND CECIL COUNTIES TO NWS BALTIMORE/WASHINGTON EFFECTIVE 
NOVEMBER 10, 2020... 

BEGINNING TUESDAY, NOVEMBER 10, 2020, AT 7:00 
AM EST, THE NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE (NWS) WILL TRANSFER ALL WARNING 
AND FORECAST RESPONSIBILITIES FOR GARRETT AND CECIL COUNTIES, MD, 
FROM NWS PITTSBURGH (GARRETT) AND NWS PHILADELPHIA (CECIL), TO NWS 
BALTIMORE/WASHINGTON.  IF NOVEMBER 10TH  IS DEEMED A CRITICAL 
WEATHER DAY, THE CHANGE WILL BE POSTPONED ONE WEEK TO TUESDAY 
NOVEMBER 17TH.

THIS CHANGE IS BEING IMPLEMENTED IN COORDINATION WITH THE MARYLAND 
EMERGENCY MANAGEMENT AGENCY, GARRETT COUNTY EMERGENCY MANAGEMENT, 
AND CECIL COUNTY DEPARTMENT OF EMERGENCY SERVICES.  THIS CHANGE WILL 
ENABLE THE NWS TO PROVIDE MORE EFFICIENT WEATHER SERVICES TO THE 
STATE OF MARYLAND BY HAVING A SINGLE NWS OFFICE PROVIDE FORECAST AND 
WARNING SERVICES FOR ALL OF WESTERN MARYLAND AND THE ENTIRE 
INTERSTATE 95 CORRIDOR WITHIN MARYLAND. THOSE WHO HAVE SOFTWARE TO 
DECODE OR PROCESS NWS FORECASTS AND WARNINGS FOR GARRETT AND CECIL 
WILL NEED TO CHANGE THE ORIGINATION OFFICE CODE FROM PHI 
(PHILADELPHIA) OR PBZ (PITTSBURGH), TO LWX (BALTIMORE/WASHINGTON). 
MORE INFORMATION ON THAT IS DESCRIBED IN THE SERVICE CHANGE NOTICE 
ISSUED ON APRIL 29, AND LINKED HERE. THIS CHANGE WILL BE TRANSPARENT 
TO NOAA WEATHER RADIO USERS.

FOR RIVER LEVEL FORECASTS, THERE WILL BE NO CHANGES FOR GARRETT 
COUNTY. NWS BALTIMORE/WASHINGTON HAS, AND WILL CONTINUE TO PROVIDE 
RIVER LEVEL FORECASTS AND WARNINGS FOR THE NORTH BRANCH OF THE 
POTOMAC RIVER AT KITZMILLER, MARYLAND (KITM2) IN GARRETT COUNTY. FOR 
CECIL COUNTY, NWS BALTIMORE/WASHINGTON WILL ASSUME RESPONSIBILITY 
FOR RIVER FORECASTS AND WARNINGS FOR THE SUSQUEHANNA RIVER AT 
CONOWINGO DAM (CNWM2), AS WELL AS TIDAL FORECASTS AND WARNINGS FOR 
THE CHESAPEAKE AND DELAWARE CANAL AT CHESAPEAKE CITY (CHCM2).
THOSE IN GARRETT AND CECIL COUNTIES WITH SOCIAL MEDIA INTERESTS 
SHOULD ADD THE NWS BALTIMORE/WASHINGTON TWITTER LINK @NWS_BALTWASH 
AND FACEBOOK PAGE NWSBALTWASH.  THE LOCAL OFFICE WEBPAGE FOR THE TWO 
COUNTIES WILL BECOME HTTPS://WWW.WEATHER.GOV/LWX.   THE PUBLIC PHONE 
NUMBER FOR NWS BALTIMORE/WASHINGTON IS 703-996-2200. NOTE THAT THIS 
PHONE NUMBER IS PLANNED TO CHANGE BY THE END OF THE YEAR DUE TO AN 
UPCOMING CHANGE IN OUR PHONE SYSTEM. MORE INFORMATION ABOUT THAT 
WILL BE FORTHCOMING.

ANY QUESTIONS ON THIS CHANGE CAN BE DIRECTED TO CHRIS STRONG, 
WARNING COORDINATION METEOROLOGIST WITH THE NWS BALTIMORE/WASHINGTON 
WEATHER FORECAST OFFICE AT CHRISTOPHER.STRONG@NOAA.GOV

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