Watch or Warning?

We can teach our followers about being prepared, how to receive severe weather alerts, however if you do not understand the difference between a Watch and Warning, it does us no good to warn you.

Watch – A watch is issued when a hazardous weather or hydrological event may occur in the next 8 hours. A watch means weather conditions MAY deteriorate and develop into severe weather.

Warning – A warning is issued when a hazardous weather or hydrologic event is occurring, imminent, or likely. A warning means weather conditions pose a threat to life or property.

A WATCH means to be alert for the possibility of changing weather and changing conditions. Be sure you have a means to receive warnings in the event weather conditions deteriorate. During a WATCH time period is a good time to review where you will shelter if necessary and check your disaster supply kit.

A WARNING means severe weather has been spotted in your area and you should take appropriate protective actions immediately. Once a warning is issued, you may have only minutes to take action, immediately stop what you are doing and seek shelter.

The NWS has a website dedicated to the definition of the severe weather types which they provide watches and warnings. NWS Watches and WARNINGS