Coral Gables National Weather Service revises weather warnings

January 8, 2013 by  

Although government weather agencies have several ways of keeping the public informed of severe weather, the National Weather Service and the National Hurricane Center located in Coral Gables, Florida are discussing the rewording of severe weather warnings, it was revealed on December 29.

Currently, the warnings consist of advisories, watches, and warnings issued before severe weather hits and during a period of severe weather. The forecasting of severe weather conditions has improved, and communication channels have been improved and widened, but some figures from the two organizations believe the wording could be bettered to ensure the public understand the threats.

Rick Knabb, the director of the National Hurricane Center, said that initially they would try to improve understanding of the hazards of severe weather. He also discussed hurricane advisory messages, with Max Mayfield and Bill Read, former directors of the National Hurricane Center during a press conference held jointly with the Federal Alliance for Safe Homes.

As the weather forecast had correctly predicted the effects of Sandy a week prior, the organizations are striving to make sure that hurricane warnings are issued in good time. Rick Knabb is keen to ensure that communication channels are improved, both with the media and the general public when severe weather is forecast. Social media, radio, and television are already used to issue the warnings of approaching storms and it may be possible to utilize printing services to distribute information in local neighborhoods. New methods to issue alerts to the public are being discussed over the winter period.