Winter Weather Warnings…We Need Your Help

December 12th, 2012 at 11:21 am by under Weather

The National Weather Service is suggesting that they add more information to standard warnings issued during winter weather events. This is the first time I can remember that the NWS has changed the policies and actually asked for YOUR input. In looking at this proposal I am very enthusiastic about it for a number of reasons. The first and foremost is that it gives the viewer vital information so that he/she can make an informed decision about the approaching winter storm.

So let’s take an example from the graphics I grabbed out of the power point presentation from the NWS. Instead of saying the NWS has issued a winter storm watch. It would instead say, “The NWS is forecasting the potential for a significant winter storm”. Wow, what a difference!

In the second graph you can see that it says the NWS has issued a winter storm warning. Replacing that would be a statement saying, “The NWS has issued a warning for a dangerous snow storm.”

And in the third graph for an advisory, instead of saying the National Weather Service has issued a Winter Weather Advisory we would instead say, ” The NWS advises caution for snow”.

Now here is where you come in to the picture. The NWS is asking for your input. Please go to this link and watch the presentation and make an informed comment. This is great because sometimes there is great confusion during winter storms about what is really going on. I can’t tell you how many emails and phone calls I get from viewers who really don’t understand what the warning means. Now the NWS is introducing a way to get the information to you in a more clear and concise way. So exercise your right to speak out on this issue!

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