Beginning Tuesday, April 14, 2015, the SPC will add a new SUMMARY section to the Public Watch Notification Messages (AWIPS ID SEL#).
This additional section will be in the free text area that follows the bullet format of the primary threat information statements.
The new "SUMMARY" section is a general 1-2 sentence statement of the severe weather expected in and close to the watch area.
This new section facilitates consistent, forecaster-driven, concise communication for public consumption.
The "SUMMARY" is intended to be useful for a variety of communication needs including web page headlines, social media, and multimedia briefings.
The technical meteorological discussion section (DISCUSSION...) at the bottom of the product will no longer be included in the SEL.
This discussion section (primarily of interest to meteorological professionals) will be included in a Mesoscale Discussion (MD) product issued immediately after the SEL if the forecaster believes there is new information that supersedes the pre-watch MD.
This will support nearly simultaneous transmission of the SEL containing public preparedness information and the Watch Outline Update (WOU) product containing a computer-friendly description of the watch spatial and temporal information.