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Public Information Notice PNS 17-01

National Weather Service Headquarters Silver Spring MD

725 AM EST Mon Jan 23 2017


To:  Subscribers:

      -NOAA Weather Wire Service

      -Emergency Managers Weather Information Network


      Other NWS partners and NWS employees


From: Eli Jacks, Chief, Forecast Services Division


Subject: NWS Hazard Simplification Project Activity #3:

         Collecting Public Comments on a Winter Weather Hazard

         Messaging "Episode" through February 19, 2017


NWS is requesting comments on the latest stage of its Hazard

Simplification (Haz Simp) project through February 19, 2017.


The purpose of the Haz Simp project is to explore options for

simplifying and clarifying NWS's hazard messaging, with a focus

on the Watch, Warning and Advisory (WWA) system.


This is the first in a series of opportunities to collect public

comments on different types of hazard messaging approaches. We

have built these alternative approaches into a series of

"Episodes," which carry users through a winter storm from before

the time it begins to the time it ends. Some approaches use terms

other than "Watch," "Warning," and/or "Advisory."


For this episode, we focus on a winter storm scenario and offer

alternative hazard messaging approaches to those used in today's

WWA system. Users are asked to view the episode from one of two

perspectives. The first perspective is for regions that do not

receive winter precipitation often ("Mild" Climate); the second

is for colder regions that are accustomed to winter precipitation

("Cold" Climate).


Users will be randomly assigned either to 1) comment on one of

three messaging alternatives for this winter episode or 2) view

how our current hazard messaging would apply for this case.


Please note that there are no immediate plans for change;

however, your comments will play a major role in any future



Background on how these prototypes were developed can be found on

our Haz Simp homepage:



The surveys will be completed via the links below:


Mild Climate Survey:


Cold Climate Survey:


For more information, please email:


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