Facebook support for API postings by Weather Message may end August 1, 2018

Periodically, when the embedded "SPOTTER INFORMATION STATEMENT" section references "spotter activation" we have published the NWS Hazardous Weather Outlook (HWO) product on Facebook, including links to the full text and other related information. We do this hoping to provide wider visibility to spotters, and others, that may need to check their severe weather forecasts plans. We automated this HWO posting using the Weather Message software package.

Recently, Facebook posted a notice on their blog about changes to their API that will prevent Weather Message, and similar software, from publishing messages on Facebook. This change by Facebook is schedule to occur August 1, 2018.

If this happens we will stop posting the HWO messages. If you wish to continue seeing these "filtered" HWO messages from us, you may follow us on Twitter twitter.com/wx5fwd. The Twitter API continues to support publishing by the Weather Message software.

Hopefully, you do not use social media platforms as your primary source of weather alerts or warnings. The NOAA weather radio, several weather warning applications, and many other sources are much better choices for time critical warnings and alerts.


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