...Public information statement...
Today the National weather Weather Service (nws) in Mount Holly unveils a new marine observation program.
It is posted as ..news headline.. at the top of our home Page through August 14, as well as on our marine Page selections as submit marine obs report.
It is self explanatory. After becoming familiar with the options during the first observation entry, it then takes less than a minute to complete, with just a few required elements red starred. If an element is entered incorrectly, you will be prompted for another try.
We cannot set it up yet to automatically enter the date/time, nor your GPS latitude/longitude location.
The observation is immediately sent to the NWS where forecasters can review it and consider adjustments to our coastal waters forecast.
Understanding vessel location sensitivity, these observations will not be disseminated to the public, unless granted your permission.
We hope this program will assist not only a more accurate coastal waters forecast but also provide a closer relationship between the National Weather Service and those transiting the New Jersey and Delaware coastal waters.
The attempt here is to provide improved service, but this cannot be done without your marine reports.
Thank you very much for participating through your observations!