As part of the ongoing Hazard Simplification Project, the National Weather Service (NWS) is considering a major change to the system NWS uses to alert the public and our partners of weather and water hazards. The proposed new system would retain the "Watch" and "Warning" terms - but remove the "Advisory" term, since years of feedback has indicated that it is generally misunderstood. In addition, "Special Weather Statement," and "NOWcast" messages would also no longer be used. Instead, we would streamline all information that doesn't reach the Watch and Warning level into a single plain-language statement, with a few exceptions.

One of these exceptions would include the "Small Craft Advisory". In order to align marine messages with the new paradigm, and given the critical nature and use of this product in the marine community, it is being proposed to rename this Advisory to a Warning, rather than converting the Advisory to a plain-language statement. So it is proposed that the Small Craft Advisory will now become a Small Craft Warning. This change would also align this product with all other marine Warnings so that the severity of all marine wind hazards is uniformly denoted by the first term within the headline (i.e., - Small Craft, Gale, Storm, and Hurricane Force Wind Warnings).
NWS is asking that you take a few moments to share your thoughts with us regarding this proposal. Thank you for taking the time to complete our survey and we appreciate your valuable feedback!

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