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Fire Weather Concerns for Parts of California; Cool Temperatures for Much of the Midwest and East

Hot and dry conditions will continue through Friday across portions of California, resulting in critical fire weather conditions. Poor air quality will also persist over the West Coast and Plains due to wildfire smoke. Elsewhere, much of the Midwest and eastern U.S. will experience cool weather into Saturday. Heavy rainfall will result in some flooding concerns over South Florida. Read More >

The National Weather Service (NWS) is conducting a new survey on a proposal to discontinue the use of the "advisory" term and the Special Weather Statement (SPS) and Short Term Forecast (NOW) products and instead use plain language statements to provide information on weather events that are not expected to meet warning thresholds.  The proposed changes are based on survey feedback and social science research, which indicates that people are sometimes confused by the terms the NWS uses for its hazard messages.

Information on the proposals is available in a handout. Details of the proposals, along with examples of the proposed consolidated and reformatted messages, are contained in the Product Description Document (PDD):

The survey is available at the following URL through August 21, 2020.

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