Starting Nov. 1: NWS Hastings Will NO LONGER ISSUE Wind Advisories

Wind Hazard Thresholds Re-evaluated

Effective November 1, 2014 at 0000 Coordinated Universal Time (UTC), the National Weather Service Forecast Offices in Dodge City and Goodland, Kansas, Hastings and North Platte, Nebraska will cease issuing Wind Advisories. Wind Advisories are normally issued for sustained winds of 30 to 39 MPH and wind gusts between 45 and 57 MPH.

The Central High Plains National Weather Service Forecast Offices solicited input from users in a public online survey from April 28th to July 29th to evaluate the impacts of winds meeting advisory criteria. Input gained from users revealed that few take action to mitigate the effect of such winds, since they are so common in the High Plains. Advisories should be issued only for meteorological events that are rare and pose a threat to safety or have an economic impact, and user input showed that wind advisories do not meet this standard on the central High Plains.

High Wind Warnings will continue to be issued for events when sustained winds of 40 MPH or more and/or wind gusts of 58 MPH or more are expected. Blowing Dust Advisories for widespread blowing dust with local visibilities near a quarter of a mile and Dust Storm Warnings for widespread visibilities less than a quarter of a mile also will continue to be issued. 

Forecasts of surface winds and wind gusts for the next seven days are available over All Hazards NOAA Weather Radio and in graphical or text format online at Winds meeting warning criteria are highlighted in the Hazardous Weather Outlook for easy reference. 

For more information, please contact one of the following:

      Steve Eddy
      Michael Moritz
      Warning Coordination Meteorologist

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