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Public Information Statement PNS17-13

National Weather Service Headquarters Washington DC

210 PM EDT Tue Apr 11 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: Collecting Public

           Comment on a Proposed Operational Demonstration to

           Consolidate and Reformat NWS Winter and Flood Hazard

           Messaging Products through May 31, 2017


NWS is collecting comments through May 31, 2017, on a proposed

operational demonstration to consolidate (i.e., reduce the

number of), and reformat winter- and flood-based Watches,

Warnings, and Advisories (WWA). This proposed demonstration

would commence during the fall of 2017. 


The proposed changes are based on feedback from surveys NWS

issued in the fall of 2016 and also on the results of social

science research. Analyses from these efforts indicate that

users are sometimes confused by the large number of hazard

messages or "products" NWS currently issues. Feedback has also

indicated NWS should apply a consistent product formatting

approach to communicate expected hazards and associated impacts.


A listing of the specific proposals, along with examples of the

proposed consolidated and reformatted messages, are contained in

the Product Description Document (PDD) at the link below:


The surveys are available at the following links and will remain

open through May 31, 2017:


Proposed winter product changes:


Proposed flood product changes:


Based on feedback received, NWS may implement some or all of the

operational demonstration proposals in the fall of 2017 and may

also consider the reformatting and consolidation approach for

other hazard types in 2018. A Service Change Notice with a

minimum 75-day lead time would be issued in advance of any

operational changes.


Haz Simp Website:


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