Tuesday, June 12, 2012

Storm Watch and Storm Warnings

Our local office at The National Weather service in Mt. Holly New Jersey, has a team of meteorologists and other highly trained staff that watch for weather events 24 hours a day and make the decision to issue local weather watches and warnings to alert the general public of severe weather.

The Storm Prediction Center is part if the National Weather Service and is responsible to watch for events throughout the United States.   As an example, here is a map of today's national outlook for weather events.

The map can show snow, ice, thunderstorm, tornado and other types of watches and warnings.

  • What is a Watch?
A watch is used when the risk of a hazardous weather or hydrologic event has increased significantly, but its occurrence, location, and/or timing is still uncertain. It is intended to provide enough lead time so that those who need to set their plans in motion can do so.

  • What is a Warning?
 A warning is issued when a hazardous weather or hydrologic event is occurring, is imminent, or has a very high probability of occurring. A warning is used for conditions posing a threat to life or property.

These alerts are broadcasted via radio, TV and the internet, however the most reliable method  is through the NOAA Public Alert Weather Radio system.   These radios are sold to the public and and they alert you of severe weather.

Thanks to our National Weather service for watching over us!

For more information, please visit the source;  http://www.nws.noaa.gov/view/nationalwarnings.php?map=on

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