What do weather alerts mean?

Warnings are issued when severe weather is either imminent or occurring.

What are the stages of weather warnings?

Fog / Wind /Severe Weather

  • Dense Fog Advisory.
  • High Wind Watch.
  • High Wind Warning.
  • Wind Advisory.
  • Severe Thunderstorm Watch.
  • Severe Thunderstorm Warning.
  • Tornado Watch.
  • Tornado Warning.

What are the three types of alerts used to identify severe weather conditions?

The National Weather Service uses the words “advisory”, “watch” and “warning” to alert you to potentially dangerous weather. Understanding these terms and knowing how to react can be a life saver.

Which is worse advisory or watch?

A watch means the specific weather condition is possible. Fire Weather Watches are used to alert fire officials to potentially dangerous fire conditions within a 24 to 36 hour period. An advisory means the conditions are likely to occur. These are typically used in less severe weather like frost or winds.

What is orange alert?

A red alert indicates heavy to extremely heavy rains of over 20 cm in 24 hours, while an orange alert means very heavy rains from 6 cm to 20 cm of rains. A yellow alert means heavy rainfall between 6 to 11 cm.

What are the color codes for weather?

Is there a list of all the warnings and watches and the color codes?

Hazard / Weather Event Click on the Hazard/Weather Event For Definitions Priority Color Name
Tornado Warning 2 Red
Extreme Wind Warning 3 Darkorange
Severe Thunderstorm Warning 4 Orange
Flash Flood Warning 5 Darkred

What is the strongest weather?

Tropical cyclones, better known as hurricanes in the Americas and typhoons in the Far East, are massively destructive weather events that at lower latitudes, begin as weaker, low-pressure weather systems. The strongest, Category 5, storms include Hurricane Katrina in 2005 with winds of over 280 km hr-1.

What makes a winter storm warning?

A Winter Storm Warning indicates that heavy snow of at least 6 inches in 12 hours, or at least 8 inches in 24 hours, is expected. It can also be issued if sleet accumulation will be at least half an inch. An Ice Storm Warning indicates that ice accumulation of at least 1/4 inch is expected.

What is red Alert?

: the final stage of alert in which enemy attack appears imminent broadly : a state of alert brought on by impending danger.

What is a white alert?

: the all-clear signal after an alert also : the period of return to normalcy following an alert — compare blue alert, red alert, yellow alert.

Where can I find weather warnings and alerts?

The NOAA Weather Radio All Hazards, or NWR, is a nationwide network of radio stations broadcasting forecasts, warnings, and emergency information 24 hours a day. It is a comprehensive weather and emergency information service available to the public.

What happens when you get a Wireless Emergency Alert on your phone?

Please don’t let this happen to you: If you receive a Wireless Emergency Alert on your mobile device, please take action immediately. (NOAA) You’ve probably had it happen before: Three loud beeps followed by a long, high-pitched sound delivered to your mobile phone to alert you to severe weather or another emergency near you.

How can I find out if there are any emergency alerts in my area?

To find out what alerts are available in your area, you can do an Internet search with your town, city, or county name and the word “alerts”; you can go to the website for your local emergency management or public safety office; or you can contact

Is the Weather Channel a local Weather Channel?

The Weather Channel and weather.com provide a national and local weather forecast for cities, as well as weather radar, report and hurricane coverage