Posted: Apr 18, 2017 10:56 AM MDT
Updated: Apr 18, 2017 10:56 AM MDT
During severe weather season, it is important to understand different severe watches and warnings. A tornado warning is issued when a tornado is imminent or occuring. Meanwhile, a severe thunderstorm warning is hoisted when there are gusts at or above 58 mph or hail of 1" in diameter or greater.
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There is a difference between a flash flood watch and a flash flood warning! In either circumstances, stay weather aware and be prepared for changing conditions. Under a flash flood watch, conditions are favorable for flash flooding; however, it may not actually happen. In a flash flood warning, flash flooding is imminent or already happening!
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How do tornadoes form? Here are the factors involved: instability, shear and forcing. As warm temperatures heat the surface, air rises and clouds build. This is one element in tornadogenesis. The second is shear; this involves winds rotating and/or increasing with height. This factor allows for a column of air to rotate. Finally, forcing aids in developing tornadoes. Examples of this include cold fronts, outflow boundaries, drylines, etc.
As the National Weather Service discusses, the biggest window for tornado threats runs from May to August. Here is an easy phrase to remember: get in, get down and cover up. When a tornado develops, get inside, get down to the lowest floor or interior room and cover your head. If you're driving, don't try to outrun a tornado! The best idea is to pull over to a ditch
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