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Record Report
Statement as of 2:29 am EDT on April 21, 2015

...Record daily maximum rainfall set at Wilmington de...

A new daily record rainfall of 2.37 inches was set at the New Castle County Airport for April 20th. This breaks the old record of 1.43 inches set in 1940.

Public Information Statement
Statement as of 12:55 PM EDT on March 31, 2015

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


rip currents and high water levels


minor coastal flooding and rip currents


minor tidal overflow


high waves and shoreline currents


Florida red tide


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:


general background information on vtec can be found online at:


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: