NWS Proposes New Warning System

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By Quincy Vagell on December 11, 2012, 1:40pm Last modified: December 13, 2012, 2:00pm

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The NWS is proposing changes to their Watch, Warning and Advisory system.

Based on feedback received by the NWS, a proposal has been made to simplify and clarify their hazard messages. Some of the feedback indicates that the current system could be confusing and difficult to follow.

In a nutshell, the NWS proposal makes wording more clear and concise.

Example:
Instead of saying, "The National Weather Service has issued a Winter Storm Watch,"
they propose saying "The National Weather Service is forecasting the Potential for a Significant Winter Storm."

The proposed shift in wording makes the statements more conversational and less rigid. The NWS also feels that if several advisories are in effect at the same time, the change in wording could make the differentiation simpler for the public to understand.

The NWS is running a test of the proposal at select forecast offices across the United States. Connecticut is not part of the state.

For more details from the NWS, click here

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