NOUS41 KWBC 111857  



Public Information Statement 16-24, Seeking Public Comment

National Weather Service Headquarters Washington DC

257 PM EDT Fri Jul 11 2016


To:      Subscribers:

         -NOAA Weather Wire Service

         -Emergency Managers Weather Information Network


         Other NWS users and employees


From:    Mark Tew

         Chief, Analysis and Mission Support Division


Subject: Seeking Public Comment and Review on Experimental

         Severe Weather Impact Graphics through

         December 31, 2016 (Continental U.S. only)


From July 11, 2016 through December 31, 2016, NWS is seeking

additional public comment and review on experimental Severe

Weather Impact Graphics for changes to the format of the

graphics to improve readability, addition of Spanish language

graphics, and addition of Twitter-based dissemination. The

graphics are available online at:


A graphic depicting the warning area, storm information and

societal impact statistics will be automatically produced upon

the initial issuance of, and subsequent updates to, each NWS

text short-fuse warning product (Tornado Warning, Severe

Thunderstorm Warning and Flash Flood Warning). A new graphic

will be produced for each subsequent Severe Weather Statement

(SVS) or Flash Flood Statement (FLS) associated with the

original warnings. Graphics will also be created for the initial

issuances of Tornado Watches and Severe Thunderstorm Watches. 

Spanish language graphics will be made available for those

locations where there is a high percentage of Spanish speaking



During the experimental period, the graphics will only be

produced for short-fuse warning and watch products issued within

the Contiguous United States (CONUS) and will be removed from

the web service upon expiration of the associated text warning.


In addition, the graphics will be distributed automatically via

the Twitter feeds of NWS Weather Forecast Offices (WFO) and the

following Twitter accounts.






The experimental graphics are described in detail, with example

graphics included, in a Product Description Document, available

online at:


Comments and feedback on this experimental service for proposed

implementation as a nationally-available product may be directed

to the NWS via an online survey form at:


This statement extends the comment period announced July 1, 2014

with changes to the format of the graphics to improve

readability and the addition of Twitter-based dissemination and

Spanish language graphics. Additional comments will be collected

through December 31, 2016. At that time, NWS will evaluate

feedback and determine whether to approve as operational for

national implementation, discontinue the product, or revise and

extend the experimental feedback period.


For questions regarding this notice or the experimental short-

fuse warning graphics, please contact:


     Brian Walawender

     Chief, Information Technology Branch

     NWS Central Region Headquarters

     7220 NW 101st Terrace

     Kansas City, MO 64153-2371


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