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Bringing American Sign Language to Local Weather Alerts

The National Weather Service has been trying to better reach those who are deaf or hard of hearing. Weather radios with strobe lights or vibrating alert features for emergencies are now available and cities are providing storm spotter classes in American Sign Language (ASL). But there is still a big gap in the “nowcasting” provided on local television. While ASL is the main language for many Americans, it’s not a language that many broadcast meteorologists know. A video for metorologist has been created that demonstrates ASL signs for 25 key words and phrases to communicate dangerous weather situations. The video also shows signs for different expiration times and an all-clear for when “the storm has passed.”

For more information, see "Bringing American Sign Language to local weather alerts".