Watch vs Warning

Severe weather season is right around the corner for Green Country. During the severe weather season, some weather terms are used to help alert everyone regarding potentially dangerous weather. But what exactly do these terms mean? Well I have the answers to help you better understand the alerts.

Many times during the spring and summer you will hear the terms "watch" and "warning." But what is the difference between the two? A watch is issued for an area where severe weather is possible within the next few hours. If severe weather occurs, the watch may be upgraded to a warning. A warning means that severe weather has been observed or it's expected to occur soon. If you hear that there is a watch in your area, make sure you keep a close eye to the sky and make sure you continue to watch the weather. You want to make sure you can get to safety quickly if necessary. If a warning is issued for your area, you need to take cover immediately, especially if there is a tornado.

There are two common types of watches that are issued in Oklahoma. One of those watches is a severe thunderstorm watch. A severe thunderstorm watch means that organized thunderstorms can occur and produce hail of 1 inch diameter or greater and/or damaging thunderstorm winds are expected within the next 3 to 8 hours. The other common watch issued in Oklahoma is a tornado watch. A tornado watch is issued if there is a chance for large hail, damaging wind, as well as the possibility of a tornado or multiple tornadoes.

Hope this helps clear up a few things. When severe weather strikes, we'll keep you covered here at KTUL.

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