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Words of (Winter Weather) Warning

By December 17, 2012

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Do you know the difference between a weather watch, advisory, and warning?

(Correct order revealed at the end of this post)

Always found these to be confusing? If so, now's your chance to do something about it...for winter weather at least! The National Weather Service wants your feedback on what would make its winter hazards simpler to understand.

Because watches are meant to express the potential for hazardous weather, advisories, caution in hazardous weather, and warnings, the dangers of hazardous weather, the NWS may very well replace these three product terms with jargon-less phrases which convey the same meaning (underlined).

To participate in the demonstration, visit the NWS demonstration site. Choose a city location from the list of  26 participating NWS offices. (Those highlighted in green have active winter weather hazards.) By following the green link, you'll be taken to a side-by-side comparison of the NWS watch, advisory, or warning product (left) and the descriptive phrases that NWS is testing out (right). Read through each and comment as appropriate. Which do you prefer?

The demonstration is scheduled to run through March 31, 2013.

*Poll results: If you chose answer 3 (watch, advisory, warning) you guessed right!*

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