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NWS Weather Alert Definitions [Jun. 16th, 2011|12:33 pm]
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I can never get these sorted out. I'm posting them here so I can look them up when I get confused.

Watch: A Watch is issued when the risk of hazardous weather has increased, but its occurrence, location, and/or timing is still uncertain.

Warning: A Warning is issued when hazardous weather is imminent, occurring or has a high probability of occurrence.

Advisory: An Advisory is issued for conditions that are less serious than a warning, may cause significant inconvenience, but could also threaten life and/or property if caution is not exercised.

[User Picture]From: ndozo
2011-06-17 03:51 pm (UTC)

Handy mnemonic

Advisory= advice. Pay vague attention, like most advice.

WATch= Think Wat?= What? What is going on? Pay a little attention.

WARning= War. War?!? Oh crap! Do something!
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[User Picture]From: curculio
2011-06-21 08:27 pm (UTC)


Watch, Advisory, Warning is the order of intensity. The most important one, however is the Citation. Here is to all of us never being cited on the news.
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