NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE INTRODUCES SPANISH LANGUAGE FORECASTS AND ALERTS ON THE INTERNET
By Brian LaMarre
Warning Coordination Meteorologist
WFO Lubbock, TX
(806) 745-3916 x 223
Forecast offices within the Southern Region of the National Weather Service now feature Spanish language forecasts, watches, warnings, advisories and hazardous weather outlooks on the Internet.
Each Web site of the 32 Weather Forecast Offices (WFO) in 10 southern states from New Mexico to Georgia and Florida, plus Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands, launches to a watch, warning and advisory map containing the link “Experimental: en español.” Selecting this link sends visitors instantly to weather information in Spanish. To view an example of a Spanish language web page, visit the WFO in Lubbock: http://www.srh.noaa.gov/lub/index_spa.php .
“This exciting feature could well be a model for National Weather Service Web sites nationally,” said Brig. Gen. David L. Johnson, USAF (ret.), director of the National Weather Service. “It provides an important opportunity to better communicate critical information to millions of people in fulfilling our mission of saving lives and property.”
“The Hispanic population in the United States is the fastest growing segment of our society,” said Bill Proenza, director, National Weather Service Southern Region. “This new service represents a major step forward in providing easier access to vital, life-saving weather information and significantly reduces the potential language barrier for millions of our citizens.”
According to U.S. Census Bureau data on persons over the age of five, approximately 28 million people come from homes where Spanish is spoken. In the National Weather Service Southern Region, nearly 13 million people come form Spanish-speaking households.