The National Weather Service Needs YOUR Help!

The National Weather Service has been using the Watch, Warning, and Advisory (WWA) system for decades now. It has been extremely effective in protecting lives and property, but the NWS wants to make sure they are protecting your lives and property in the most effective way possible. With that said, the NWS is asking for a bit of your time to collect feedback on the WWA system. Based on your feedback and with support of behavioral and social scientist, the NWS may explore ways they can more effectively communicate hazarded messages. The NWS will not make any changes to the WWA system at this time but they are thoughtfully and carefully considering their options which could be one of the following:

-Keep the WWA system as is;

-Make small or moderate changes;

-Make a transformational change to the WWA system

If you are interested in giving feedback or you opinion on the current WWA system, Please click on this link to do so:

5 responses to “The National Weather Service Needs YOUR Help!

  1. I’ve been a certified severe weather spotter for 30 years. What I’ve noticed more than anything else is the tendency for civilians to ignore Tornado Warnings due to the number of times they are issued for “radar-indicated” tornadoes. Basically, people are becoming immune to them because the ratio of people hearing the warnings versus the number of people actually affected by a tornado on the ground is extremely low. The NWS has gotten much better about including the phrases “confirmed tornado” or “radar indicated threat” in their bulletins, but most people don’t read or listen that far. I think there should be two different warning levels for tornadic storms. For example, “Tornado Alert” for radar indicated threats and “Tornado Warning” for a confirmed tornado on the ground. And keep the “Tornado Emergency” option in place as it is currently used. Other than that, I think the current system is pretty well organized and should be left as is.

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