02 December 2010 ~ Comments Off

Getting To Know: Weather Radio Alerts

You may have recently purchased a weather alert radio as a gift or for yourself, but do you understand the Alert terminology broadcast by the National Weather Service? When traveling or staying at home, you need to have a weather radio alerts to keep aware of changing conditions.

This post will help you better understand what each weather radio alert term means:

The hazardous weather outlook is issued twice daily at 7 AM and Noon. These broadcasts inform us on the potential for severe weather or other event driven situations during the upcoming seven days.

The Watch is Broadcast in advance to warn the listener of the potential for hazardous weather or other event driven problems. The event location or timing will be uncertain but provides us with adequate timing to make plans, or put emergency plans in motion.

In other words, Watch means the hazard is possible, but not imminent, and you are strongly urged to keep listening.

The Advisory alerts the listening public to conditions which will cause significant inconvenience is imminent or likely to occur. We are advised to be cautious to avoid injury, death or loss of property. The Advisory is less serious than a Warning.

A Warning alerts us to dangerous conditions that are “imminent” or extremely likely. The NWS is warning us of area specific conditions that pose a threat to life and property and we must take immediate action. The duration of these alerts are normally short termed, one or two hours.

The Special Weather Statements are broadcast when rare or unusual events as they are occurring. This normally happens for a sudden change in conditions within a specific area and you may be at risk or in danger.

This winter season, don’t forget to look into purchasing a weather radio to get informed about broadcasted updates regarding emergencies and road conditions.

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