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Weather Explained: Watch vs. Warning

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The National Weather Service provides weather forecasts and climate data to help protect people, property and the economy.

An effective way they do that is by issuing what are called "watches" and "warnings." These are terms used to inform you about the potential for dangerous weather. However, you may be wondering what exactly is the difference between the two.

Often times a severe weather "watch" will be issued in your area first. This means that the current conditions are favorable for the formation of severe weather. It is an indication for you to be prepared and pay close attention the sky. You should review your severe weather plan and be ready to act at a moments notice. Tune in and follow your local weather conditions closely. If an event were to occur, you will want to know right away.

A weather "warning" is issued when the severe weather treat is imminent. The treat has been visually observed by a spotter or weather instrument such as radar, and is heading towards your area. This means it is time to act. You will want to execute your severe weather plan immediately. Weather you need to evacuate or find your safe place, take action immediately as this is the final notice you will receive before a Tornado or Thunders storm effects your area.

By following these alerts and paying close attention to your local forecasters you can keep you and your loved ones out of danger. Both Watches and Warnings are very serious alerts to pay attention to and can save a life. It is important to always be ready at all times.

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