Best Practices in Tropical Cyclone Briefings

Best Practices in Tropical Cyclone Briefings
  • Explain the importance of pre-season coordination.
  • Identify the decision cycle timelines and typical options that are executed by the groups receiving the briefing.
  • Describe the basic structure of a briefing and effective briefing content
    • Utilize existing NWS graphics appropriately to support your main message.
  • Craft clear, concise and effective messages focused on customer specific needs.
  • Frame the forecast message in the most effective way to enable customers/partners to make the best informed decision possible.
  • Tailor meteorological information according to temporal and spatial resolution needs while appreciating forecast uncertainty - throughout the event timeline of a tropical cyclone (pre-watch, watch, warning, landfall, and post landfall).
  • Coordinate with forecasters in other offices to ensure that a consistent forecast message is created and communicated to the public. This includes coordination between the WFO and Regional/National/International Centers including the NHC, SPC, WPC, and RFCs.