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PUBLIC INFORMATION STATEMENT 
NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE GRAY ME
450 PM EST MON NOV 03 2014


THE NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE OFFICES THAT SERVE NEW ENGLAND 
HAVE DECLARED THE WEEK OF NOVEMBER 3RD THROUGH 7TH, WINTER 
WEATHER AWARENESS WEEK.  IN CONJUNCTION WITH WINTER WEATHER 
AWARENESS WEEK, THE NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE OFFICE IN GRAY 
WILL BE ISSUING PUBLIC INFORMATION STATEMENTS CONCERNING MANY 
ASPECTS OF WINTER WEATHER AND WINTER WEATHER PREPAREDNESS.  
WHILE SOME OF THIS INFORMATION IS TAILORED TOWARD THE STATES 
OF MAINE AND NEW HAMPSHIRE, MOST OF THE INFORMATION IS 
PERTINENT TO OTHER AREAS OF THE COUNTRY AS WELL.  IN 
ADVANCE...WE WANT TO THANK OUR FRIENDS IN THE MEDIA FOR 
HELPING TO BRING THIS IMPORTANT SAFETY INFORMATION TO THE 
ATTENTION OF THEIR VIEWERS, LISTENERS AND READERS.


...WINTER WEATHER BASICS...

FOR THOSE WHO LIVE IN NORTHERN NEW ENGLAND, WINTER WEATHER IS 
A PART OF LIFE FROM NOVEMBER THROUGH MARCH.  FOR MANY, 
YESTERDAY'S STORM WAS DRAMATIC REMINDER OF THE IMPACTS THAT 
WINTER WEATHER CAN CREATE.  HEAVY SNOW, AND HIGH WINDS CAN 
CAUSE DANGEROUS DRIVING CONDITIONS, SNAPPED TREE LIMBS, POWER 
OUTAGES, AND COLD TEMPERATURES AND WIND CHILLS.  FOR THOSE 
THAT ESCAPED THE BRUNT OF YESTERDAY'S STORM, THEIR FIRST TASTE 
OF WINTER WEATHER CAN'T BE FAR AWAY.  SOON...SNOW, SLEET, 
FREEZING RAIN, COLD TEMPERATURES, AND COLD WIND CHILL 
TEMPERATURES WILL BE COMMON OCCURRENCES.  WHILE MOST OF THE 
TIME THESE WEATHER ELEMENTS ARE ONLY A NUISANCE TO OUR DAILY 
ROUTINES, AT TIMES, THEY CAN PRODUCE HAZARDOUS OR LIFE-
THREATENING SITUATIONS FOR THOSE WHO ARE NOT PREPARED...OR FOR 
THOSE WHO DO NOT TAKE THE PROPER PRECAUTIONS.

IN MAINE AND NEW HAMPSHIRE, NORMAL SNOWFALL AVERAGES FROM 50 
TO 70 INCHES ALONG THE COAST, BUT GRADUALLY INCREASES AS YOU 
MOVE INLAND TO MORE THAN 140 INCHES IN THE MOUNTAINS.  IN 
NORTHERN MAINE, 100 TO 120 INCHES OF SNOW FALLS ANNUALLY.  THE 
LESSER AMOUNTS IN COASTAL AREAS ARE PARTLY A RESULT OF A 
FREQUENT CHANGE-OVER TO SLEET...FREEZING RAIN...OR RAIN DURING 
MANY WELL-DEVELOPED WINTER STORMS.  TO THOSE DRIVING OR 
WALKING, THIS MIXTURE OF PRECIPITATION CAN BE EVEN MORE 
DANGEROUS THAN SNOW.  AS RESIDENTS OF MAINE AND NEW HAMPSHIRE 
ARE ALL AWARE FROM JANUARY 1998 AND DECEMBER 2008, LARGE 
ACCUMULATIONS OF FREEZING RAIN CAN CAUSE DISASTROUS 
CONDITIONS.  HIGH WINDS, COLD TEMPERATURES, COLD WIND CHILL 
TEMPERATURES, AND COASTAL FLOODING CAN ALSO ACCOMPANY OR 
FOLLOW WINTER STORMS.

TO ALERT THE PUBLIC TO POTENTIALLY DANGEROUS WINTER WEATHER 
EVENTS OR SITUATIONS, THE NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE ISSUES 
OUTLOOKS, WATCHES, WARNINGS, AND ADVISORIES.  WHILE THE EXACT 
CRITERIA USED TO TRIGGER WATCHES, WARNINGS, AND ADVISORIES IN 
MAINE AND NEW HAMPSHIRE WILL BE DISCUSSED IN PUBLIC 
INFORMATION STATEMENTS LATER THIS WEEK, YOU SHOULD KEEP THE 
FOLLOWING GENERAL DEFINITIONS IN MIND.  

OUTLOOK - A HAZARDOUS WEATHER OUTLOOK IS ISSUED DAILY BY 
   NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE OFFICES ACROSS THE COUNTRY 
   TO ALERT THE PUBLIC TO THE POTENTIAL FOR ANY 
   HAZARDOUS WEATHER DURING THE NEXT 7 DAYS (INCLUDING 
   SIGNIFICANT WINTER STORMS, HIGH WIND, COASTAL 
   FLOODING, AND EXTREME TEMPERATURES).  DUE TO THE 
   UNCERTAINTY IN PREDICTING THE STRENGTH AND PATH OF A 
   WINTER STORM MORE THAN SEVERAL DAYS IN ADVANCE, THE 
   EXACT IMPACT ON THE AREA (IF ANY) WILL NOT BE KNOWN. 
   IN ADDITION, NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE OFFICES MAY 
   ISSUE SPECIAL WEATHER STATEMENTS HIGHLIGHTING THE 
   POTENTIAL IMPACT OF A MAJOR WINTER STORM.  

WATCH -WATCHES ARE ISSUED TO ALERT THE PUBLIC THAT 
   DANGEROUS WINTER CONDITIONS ARE POSSIBLE IN THE 
   WITHIN THE NEXT 24 TO 60 HOURS.  PRODUCTS INCLUDE: 
   WINTER STORM WATCHES, HIGH WIND WATCHES, AND COASTAL 
   FLOOD WATCHES.

WARNING - WARNINGS ARE ISSUED TO ALERT THE PUBLIC THAT 
   DANGEROUS WINTER CONDITIONS ARE LIKELY TO OCCUR 
   WITHIN THE NEXT 6 TO 36 HOURS OR ARE OCCURRING.  
   PRODUCTS INCLUDE WINTER STORM WARNING, ICE STORM 
   WARNING, BLIZZARD WARNING, HIGH WIND WARNING, WIND 
   CHILL WARNING, AND COASTAL FLOOD WARNING.

ADVISORY- ISSUED TO ALERT THE PUBLIC THAT WINTER CONDITIONS 
   ARE EXPECTED TO CAUSE A SIGNIFICANT INCONVENIENCE 
   AND MAY BE HAZARDOUS.  IF CAUTION IS EXERCISED, 
   THESE SITUATIONS SHOULD NOT BE LIFE THREATENING.  
   PRODUCTS INCLUDE WINTER WEATHER ADVISORY, FREEZING 
   RAIN ADVISORY, WIND ADVISORY, AND WIND CHILL 
   ADVISORY.


PREPAREDNESS TIP FOR THE DAY:

AUTOMOBILE ACCIDENTS ARE THE LEADING CAUSE OF DEATHS AND 
INJURIES DURING AND AFTER WINTER STORMS.  WHILE SNOW AND ICE 
CONTRIBUTE TO THE SLIPPERY CONDITIONS...VEHICLE SPEED IS THE 
SINGLE MOST IMPORTANT FACTOR IN DETERMINING THE LIKELIHOOD OF 
A DEATH OR SERIOUS INJURY FROM AN AUTOMOBILE ACCIDENT.  UNDER 
CERTAIN CONDITIONS, ROADS CAN GET EXTREMELY ICY FROM AN INCH 
OR LESS OF SNOW, OR FROM FREEZING DRIZZLE.  PATCHY BLACK 
ICE...EVEN DAYS AFTER A STORM...CAN BE A SIGNIFICANT HAZARD.  
MANY OF THESE HAZARDS ARE NOT APPARENT UNTIL IT IS TOO LATE.  
SLOW DOWN BEFORE YOUR VEHICLE BEGINS TO SLIP AND SLIDE.  SNOW 
AND ICE CAN CAUSE ACCIDENTS, BUT VEHICLE SPEED KILLS.  JUST 
REMEMBER...IN ICE AND SNOW, GO SLOW! 


HERE IS A LISTING OF THE TOPICS TO BE COVERED IN PUBLIC 
INFORMATION STATEMENTS BY THE NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE OFFICE 
IN GRAY DURING WINTER WEATHER AWARENESS WEEK.

MONDAY...NOVEMBER 3     - WINTER WEATHER BASICS.
TUESDAY...NOVEMBER 4    - WATCH...WARNING...AND ADVISORY CRITERIA
                          FOR WINTER STORMS.
WEDNESDAY...NOVEMBER 5  - WIND CHILL...EXTREME COLD...FROSTBITE
                          AND HYPOTHERMIA.
THURSDAY...NOVEMBER 6   - HIGH WIND...COASTAL FLOOD...AND DENSE 
                          FOG THREATS.
FRIDAY...NOVEMBER 7     - WINTER WEATHER PREPAREDNESS

$$

JENSENIUS
NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE
GRAY...MAINE

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