Confused by the ‘Watch, Warning, and Advisory’ Weather System? The NOAA Wants Your Opinion…

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Confused by the current weather system? Credit: NOAA

For decades, the National Weather Service (NWS) has used the “Watch, Warning, and Advisory” (WWA) system to make users aware of expected weather and water hazards.

Extensive social science research with NWS meteorologists, core partners, and the public has found that these three WWA terms can be misunderstood and/or confused. The concern with such confusion is that it could contribute to inappropriate responses by their partners and the public.

Based on this research, the NOAA is now proposing a major change to the WWA system. To guide future decisions on this proposal, they need your feedback.

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