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Proposed Termination of NWS High Seas and Storm Warnings over NIST Time Frequency Broadcasts
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MARINE: All Offshore
Marine storm warnings have been broadcast for the Atlantic and Pacific oceans and the Gulf of Mexico over the NIST time frequencies as “geophysical alerts” since 1957 and is an old, outdated technology. The NIST Broadcast capability (every 6 hours) cannot offer the detailed or timely High Seas or Storm warnings needed by mariners today or required by the Global Maritime Distress and Safety System (GMDSS). Other more detailed, timely and continuous sources of information, alerts and warnings for coastal and marine zone areas are provided by various government, commercial, Internet, and Satellite service providers. The time slot for broadcast is 42 seconds. If there are multiple systems over the ocean, information may get cut off, providing no information about a potentially hazardous system. This is providing more of a disservice to mariners, potentially omitting life saving information.
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Comment Start Date:
2017-12-20 Comment End Date: 2018-01-20
Last edit date to this meta-data: 2018-10-31