Introduction and Consent

As part of the ongoing Hazard Simplification Project, the National Weather Service (NWS) is proposing to reduce the number of (consolidate) and reformat its hazard messages (products) for visibility, extreme temperature and wind.   
Consolidation Portion of Proposal:  First, we propose a consolidation of five individual visibility Advisory products (Dense Smoke, Dense Fog, Freezing Fog, Ashfall, Blowing Dust) into a single "Visibility Advisory" product.  In addition, we propose consolidating and/or renaming cold temperature-related products into one Watch, one Advisory, and one Warning, as follows:

1) "Extreme Cold Watch" and "Wind Chill Watch" would be consolidated into a new product called "Cold Weather Watch".

2) "Extreme Cold Warning" and "Wind Chill Warning" would be consolidated into a new product called "Cold Weather Warning".

3) "Wind Chill Advisory" would be renamed as  "Cold Weather Advisory". 

We also propose removing "High" from the "High Wind Watch" and "High Wind Warning" products, and removing "Excessive" from the "Excessive Heat Watch" and "Excessive Heat Warning" products. 

NOTE - The Valid Time Event Code (VTEC) within the product text of the consolidated or renamed products will be determined at a later date. In the interim, ‘XX’ will be used as a placeholder in the examples within this survey.

Reformatting Portion of Proposal:  We also propose modifying all of our visibility, temperature, wind and frost/freeze products into a "What", "Where", "When", "Impacts" format.  

In this survey you will see a series of product examples. The  products as they are created today will be shown first, followed by the proposed reformatted and consolidated/renamed product examples based on the same information.

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