Translating weather alerts from English to Spanish is complex and important

By 2060, nearly 1 in 3 Americans will be able to speak Spanish. Previous National Weather Service assessments have linked casualties and deaths to faulty communication in Spanish.

Joseph Trujillo Falcon, a research scientist for the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration’s Cooperative Institute with the National Severe Storm Labatory in Norman, Oklahoma, and a meteorologist for MyRadar, comes on the show to talk to the weather team about their goals.

Falcón, 25, says translating weather alerts from English to Spanish is more than just going through an online translator. Different words mean different things, depending on where you are from in the Spanish-speaking world. In addition, the culture of weather forecasting is less present than in the United States. He explains the problems and the solutions he is working on.

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The weekly weather podcast is hosted on a rotating basis by the Lee Weather team:

matt holiner of the Midwest group of Lee Enterprises in Chicago, Kirsten Lang from Tulsa World in Oklahoma, Joe Martucci from Atlantic City, NJ, and Sean Sublette of the Richmond Times-Dispatch in Virginia.

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