Zach’s Weather Whys: Thunder storm watches, warnings

Zach's Weather Whys

When it comes to severe weather, do you know the difference between a watch and a warning?

Understanding the difference between the two will help you be more prepared and could save your life.

So, what is a watch? A watch is issued when conditions are favorable for the development of tornadoes or severe storms. Once a watch is in effect, be prepared! You’ll want to keep an eye on the weather and have a plan in place should a warning be issued.

Watches are often issued hours before severe storms develop but, on occasion, are issued right as conditions deteriorate. Don’t let a nice spring day catch you off guard, the weather can change instantly.

What is a warning? Warnings are issued when severe weather is imminent or occuring. So, when a warning is issued – take action! Seek shelter in an interior room, on the lowest floor of a stable building.

While in shelter, make sure you have multiple ways to receive warnings and information by listening to a noaa weather radio, tuning in to your local weather authority and also downloading the CIProud2Go mobile app.

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