WPR News
9:05 am
Tue February 7, 2006

New Ranking System for Winter Storms

Laramie, Wy – The federal government is trying out a new rating system for winter storms. In the Northeast part of the country they are ranking storms from one to five after they hit. The scoring involves the amount of snowfall, area affected and number of people impacted.
Cheyenne National Weather Service meteorologist, John Griffith, says this does not aid people preparing for a storm because it is only used after the fact, so people would still have to rely on advisories from the National Weather Service to judge the potential impact of a storm.
Griffith says the Cheyenne office of the National Weather Service did come up with an advance warning system for winter storms. This ranked the potential impact of a storm. He urges the Weather Service to consider this again.