The National Weather Service implemented the first stage of its Internet presence redesign on Monday, July 2. The following changes have been made thus far:
The refreshed design — the first since 2002 — was available for preview earlier this year; approximately 35,000 comments were received and considered for further refinement of the new design . The new Weather.gov now features improved content organization, allows visitors to view weather at a glance and save their location (our top feature request from users), and creates a framework for improved consistency and organization across all agency web sites. Meanwhile, our new mobile site has been optimized for modern smartphones.
Weather.gov garners 60 million unique visitors per month. That number can jump from 3 to 10 times during high-impact weather events such as landfalling hurricanes, crippling blizzards, and tornado outbreaks.
A multi-phased effort will now begin to redesign the pages for the rest of the NWS online presence, including the local NWS office pages.