National Weather Service Collecting Survey Input on Plain Language Headlines

The National Weather Service (NWS) will be implementing changes to its hazard messaging headlines no earlier than calendar year 2024.  Read more or jump to the bottom for the survey. This change will result in the discontinuation of all “Advisory” headlines within what is currently the NWS Watch, Warning and Advisory system. Most of the current Advisory headlines will be replaced with plain language headlines that clearly articulate the nature of the hazard. Current “Special Weather Statements” (SPS’) will also be discontinued in favor of plain language headlines.

NWS is now collecting public comment on options for the plain language that will replace the Advisory and SPS headlines. The survey is available at the following links and will remain open through July 31, 2021.

English Survey:

Spanish Survey:

Questions and comments can be directed to the NWS Hazard Simplification Team at: