Good morning Weather Watchers! 

Weather Watcher Melissa Phillips posted this image to our page this morning. It fits perfect with what we wanted to discuss today. Thanks Melissa!

 
 A TORNADO WATCH means that conditions are favorable for the development of Tornados during a specific time frame. Here in Kansas the typical time frame for Watches are mid-afternoon through mid evening. When a WATCH is issued, that is the time to review your EMERGENCY ACTION PLAN.  Tornado Watches are issued by the Storm Prediction Center located in Norman Oklahoma. 

So again, a TORNADO WATCH means Tornados are POSSIBLE in and around the WATCH area, be prepared.

  

A TORNADO WARNING means a Tornado has been sighted or is indicated by radar and it is time to initiate your action plan. 

TORNADO WARNINGS are issued by local National Service Weather offices and usually last several minutes. There can be multiple Tornados with the same Thunderstorm line/complex, so pay close attention.

A TORNADO EMERGENCY is a very RARE WARNING. It means a SIGNIFICANT TORNADO IS ON THE GROUND AND IS HEADED DIRECTLY TOWARDS A POPULATED AREA WITH A HIGH PROBABILITY OF PROPERTY DAMAGE AND LOSS OF LIFE.

We hope this helps you understand the difference between a WATCH and a WARNING.  

Questions, please ask….