This is downright dumb. Every time I have heard a forecaster say "A severe _____ watch is in effect"..... they follow it with "meaning conditions are right for_____" We just continue to dumb down the country. Why not educate? and folks who live in an area prone to weather anomalies should know what to plan for. Its called personal responsibility
I grew up on the Great Plains. By the time I was old enough to listen to the weather, I understood that "watch" meant watch the sky for possible bad weather and "warning" meant it's here. Not hard at all to comprehend, even for little kids. If the weather people did their job and explained, and listeners did their job and made the effort to grasp the explanation, no change in language would be needed. Since neither of those things will happen, no change in language will work any better.
Completely agree. NWS and any other Government Agency can only do so much. At some point folks need to take responsibility to educate themselves. Start by actually reading the statements that are put out. They very clearly state what each term means.
I agree with the previous posts, what is SO difficult to understand about the difference between a "watch' and a "warning?" Sad to think that people are really that dense...
I am mostly in agreement with the comments made so far. The NWS and Government Agency (ies) involved can only do so much, and at this point, I think there is too much "definity" in what is being said. Sandy was a very bad storm and will be retired, no matter what form it was in when it hit New Jersey. I personally feel the weather services did what they could, no one can ever completely foresee or control the weather. For that one, we would have to be God, and no one except God can lay claim to that.
We need to move on and get over it. Definition and warnings and refining them are good, but just as not doing enough is bad, going too far and obsessing over it is bad as well. It does not accomplish anything constructive.
My advice to everyone, lesson learned and let's move past this. There will be other hurricanes in the future where we have questions, I am sure. And, again, we are human, we can do our best, but we are not God, we can't control it. So, that means to me that there is no perfect solution. The important thing is to protect everyone the best way we can. And, I feel, that the weather people did that.
We all knew that Sandy was going to be bad, days before it hit, as with other storms in the recent past. Now, it's time to lay this to rest, learn from it, of course, and move on. Weather is always changing.