Fish Radio
September 5, 2013      Marine forecast changes

New weather zones Credit: NWS

New weather zones
Credit: NWS


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 Mariners plan their working lives around the weather and changes to forecasts are set to start in October.  The National Weather Service has modified several forecasts in the Western Gulf of Alaska, the Aleutian Islands and Bristol Bay.  James Nelson with the Weather Service Office in Anchorage says they aim to tighten up the wording — 

So what we did to better serve our customers and not to have excessive wording per zone, we are breaking up these zone to little smaller areas so we are able to get more detail for those specific areas, //so that people can read the forecasts with a lot more ease and not get confused as to what was actually in the forecast, especially across the marine weather radio broadcasts.”

 There are two changes around Kodiak.  The Barren Islands and Kamishak Bay Waters will become two zones: “Barren Islands East,” and “West of the Barren Islands including Kamishak Bay. “Shuyak Island to Sitkinak” will change to “Marmot Bay to Sitkinak.”

Nelson said the Eastern and Central Aleutians zones will be split with separate forecasts north and south of the islands.

 “The main reason because of that is due to wave height. And with the chain of islands there we have really stark differences between the Bering side and the Pacific side. There was a change as well out near Atka area, but that was mainly just to make it a little bit smaller because we were always splitting up east of Atka or west of Atka type thing.” 

The Bristol Bay zone also will be smaller to better accommodate vessels operating near shore.

  “We just went specifically with Bristol Bay now. Before the zone itself was out into the Bering Sea and quite out into an area where it wasn’t transited by ship traffic all that often, so we tried to get more centric about it and make sure it was just handling the Bristol Bay area.”
 The new marine weather forecasts include eight new  zones and many other name and number changes and go into effect on October 1st.     

 Thanks to the assist from KMXT/Kodiak.

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