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Public Information Notice 16-40
National Weather Service Headquarters Washington DC
114 AM EST Tue Nov 29 2016
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From: Eli Jacks, Chief, Forecast Services Division
Subject: NWS Hazard Simplification Project Activity #2:
Collecting Public Comment on a Proposed Consolidation
and Reformatting of Winter Advisory, and Flooding Watch
and Advisory Products through December 31, 2016
NWS is requesting comments on the latest stage of its Hazard
Simplification project (Haz Simp) through December 31, 2016
The purpose of the Haz Simp project is to explore options for
simplifying and clarifying NWS hazard messaging, with a focus on
the NWS Watch, Warning and Advisory (WWA) system.
On September 7, NWS announced the availability of a new web page
for the Haz Simp Project and also released the first in a series
of public comment opportunities. At that time, we asked for
comment on two, 4-color maps that are proposed for possible use
on the NWS Homepage (weather.gov). This survey is now closed and
we are currently analyzing the results.
NWS now announces a second public comment opportunity; this time
on a proposal to reduce the number of Watch and Advisory hazard
messages (also called hazard "products") for flooding and winter
precipitation. NWS is referring to this product reduction
proposal as "consolidation." We also propose simplifying the
format of these products.
Specifically, we are collecting comments on the following
1) Options for consolidating the current Flash Flood Watch and
Flood Watch products into one "Flood Watch" product.
2) A proposal to integrate all information in current Flood
Advisory messages (e.g., Urban and Small Stream, Arroyo and
Small Stream, Small Stream, and Hydraulic Advisories)into one
"Flood Advisory" product.
3) Options for combining the three existing winter precipitation
Advisory products (Winter Weather, Freezing Rain and Lake Effect
Snow Advisories) into one "Winter Weather Advisory" product.
Below are two separate survey links. The first link requests
your comments on proposals 1 and 2. The second link requests
your comments on proposal 3.
A reformatting and shortening of the messaging products is
proposed in all three cases, and both surveys first check your
understanding of the "Watch" and "Advisory" terms. Please take
either or both surveys according to your level of interest.
Winter Precipitation Survey:
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