The 14 March 2017 East Coast winter storm was yet another example that quickly highlighted the importance of forecast communication. Specifically, it brought attention to the challenges posed by communicating rapidly changing forecast information.
Utilizing results from a table top exercise with emergency management officials, the authors will provide insight into the decision making challenges public agencies face during rapidly evolving significant storms. Information will be provided on local decision makers’ perception and comprehension of probabilistic graphics, and how a low confidence storm increases or decreases trust in the probabilistic information they are being provided. Finally, the authors will provide preliminary suggestions for improvement to communication based on input from public service agencies and past experience.