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Watch Vs. Warning

21 Jun 2016, 8:33 pm


With a severe weather outbreak likely unfolding across the Midwest, now is the perfect time to review what the difference is between a watch and a warning.


-Conditions are primed for severe weather development
-Issued 6 to 12 hours in advance of severe weather
-Covers a large area
-Anytime there is a 80% chance or greater that local warning criteria will be met
-Potential for life threatening, confidence is high
-Issued by the Storm Prediction Center
-Take necessary precautions in case bad weather strikes


-Severe weather is occurring or imminent
-Covers a small area
-Issued by local National Weather Service Office
-Typically last 3o to 60 minutes
-When a warning is issued, take action immediately to protect your life and property

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