quirement for rapid communication of life-saving information with minimal ambiguity will be explored through this example. What worked well and not so well will be explored.

Friday, August 10

8:30 A.M.

Case Study 5: The 1997–1998 El Niño (Discussion led by Stanley Changnon and James Laver)

This case represents the first major forecast of a significant “climate” event. The development of the seasonal to interannual forecasting capability coincided with the onset of the “climate event of the century.” The ability to communicate the meaning of this new forecast information, the implications and impacts of the event, the media, and the public reactions will be examined. Future implications for NWS will be discussed.

Saturday, August 11

8:30 A.M.

Discussion of common themes and lessons learned

1:00 P.M.

Meeting adjourns

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