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We've heard you!

Our current system of numerous Watches, Warnings, and Advisories can be confusing. The NWS is now proposing a change based on years of social science research Learn more about a proposal to simplify our alerts, and take our brief survey to let us know what you think!

Additional Information:

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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