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Roadtreking: Understanding weather lingo

From the bloggers at Roadtreking.

All the winter storm advisories, alerts, watches and warnings that we’ll soon start seeing can be confusing.

The National Weather Service does a great job of disseminating weather predictions but sometimes it can be hard to know just what is what.

So, for your future reference, here’s a weather lingo tutorial:

Weather watches

A watch means conditions are right for dangerous weather. In other words, a “watch” means watch out for what the weather could do, be ready to act.

For events that come and go quickly, such as severe thunderstorms, tornadoes or flash floods, a watch means that the odds are good for the dangerous weather, but it’s not yet happening.

For longer-lived events, such as hurricanes or winter storms, a watch means that the storm isn’t an immediate threat.

For either kind of event, a watch means you should keep up with the weather and be ready to act.

When a severe thunderstorm, tornado or flash flood watch is in effect, it means you should watch the sky for signs of dangerous weather. Sometimes a severe thunderstorm, a tornado or a flash flood happens so quickly that warnings can’t be issued in time. Many areas don’t have civil-defense sirens or other warning methods. People who live near streams that quickly reach flood levels should be ready to flee at the first signs of a flash flood.

To read the full story by Roadtreking, click here.

About Rebecca Smith

Rebecca Smith is a Wisconsin native currently living in Illinois with her husband, Eric, and two dogs, Maggie and Grace. She enjoys hiking, biking, kayaking and, of course, camping in cabins and park models.

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