After a major early spring flooding event, John Van Pelt spoke with John Gordon from NWS Louisville about lessons we can all learn to be safe this spring.
The National Weather Service
issues many hydrology related products. Some are to warn you of potential hazards; others are information statements to keep you up to date on changing weather and river situations. Below are the most commonly issued products along with a brief explanation of what they mean to you:
"Take Action!" when these products are issued
Warnings or Advisories are issued when confidence is greater than 80% that an event will occur. Depending on the type of event, these may be issued anywhere from hours before an event to days in advance of an event.
+Flash Flood Warning
+Coastal/Lakeshore Hazardous Message
+Special Weather Statement
"Be Prepared" when these products are issued
Watch products associated with flooding are typically issued within a day or more of the event. The confidence level for an event to occur when a Watch is issued is 50-80%. When a Watch is issued, you should begin to gather more information about the situation and determine what actions you will need to take should a warning be issued.
+Flash Flood Watch
"Be Aware" when these products are issued
Outlook products are issued days, weeks or even months in advance of the event. The confidence level for an event highlighted in an outlook to occur is less than 50%. When an Outlook is issued, you should take note. This serves as a "heads-up" that you may be impacted and gives you a general timeline of when the event could occur.
+Hazardous Weather Outlook
Products to keep you informed
The products listed below are produced to keep the public and NWS partners up to date on the latest forecast information.
+Area Forecast Discussion
+Flash Flood Statement
+River Recreation Statement
+Quantitative Precipitation Forecast
+Public Information Statements
CREDIT: National Weather Service Flood Safety Campaign