The National Weather Service (NWS) paired up with local Emergency Management Offices and other meteorologists to research how effective their watches, warnings and advisories were to the public.
They found that Advisories and Special Weather Statements are often misunderstood and could be confused with a "Watch".
Brandon Peloquin, the Warning Coordination Meteorologist at NWS Wilmington, says, "now that we are getting away from advisories and into this plain language statement, that should eliminate that confusing component. Because ultimately we want people to know when hazardous weather is coming”.
Below is the list of advisories that will be discontinued by the NWS.
Instead of an Advisory or Special Weather Statement, a plain language headline will take its place.
For example, instead of a Wind Advisory, you'll see a statement that says "winds gusting to 40 mph today".
The NWS will continue with surveys and testing different statements to identify the best messaging option.
If you want to weigh your opinion in, you can find surveys posted here.