National Weather Service United States Department of Commerce


The National Weather Service is collecting comments on the proposed discontinuation of the terms "Advisory", "Special Weather Statement" and "Short Term Forecast."  In their place, the National Weather Service is proposing the use of generic, plain-language statements to convey information for lower-level hazardous events that are not expected to reach the "Watch" or "Warning" level. All "Watch" and "Warning" products, used to highlight hazards that pose a threat to life an property, would remain the same. 


More details on the proposal, along with several examples, can be found in the Product Description Document via the following link:


Comments and feedback on these proposed changes may be directed to the NWS via an online survey form at:


Please send questions on this proposed change by August 21, 2020, to