National Weather Service United States Department of Commerce

The National Weather Service (NWS) will be implementing changes to its hazard messaging headlines no earlier than calendar year 2024. This change will result in the discontinuation of all "Advisory" headlines within what is currently the NWS Watch, Warning and Advisory system.

Most of the current Advisory headlines will be replaced with plain language headlines that clearly articulate the nature of the hazard. Current "Special Weather Statements" (SPS’) will also be discontinued in favor of plain language headlines.

NWS is now collecting public comment on options for the plain language that will replace the Advisory and SPS headlines. The survey is available at the following link and will remain open through July 31, 2021:

Additional details on the change may be found on the "Revamp Progress" tab of the project website. Detailed reports on the numerous social science based engagements may be found in the "Reference Materials" tab:

Questions and comments can be directed to the NWS Hazard Simplification Team at: