SEVERE WEATHER AWARENESS WEEK: THUNDERSTORMS

Severe Weather Awareness Week

It’s Severe Weather Awareness Week in Alabama and we’re kicking things off with the spring severe weather system, which brings in plenty of thunderstorms.

Severe thunderstorms can produce tornadoes, but they can also include winds greater than 58 mph or quarter-sized hail.

One thing that’s not a factor in designating a storm as severe? Lightning. There could be plenty of lightning in the sky with a thunderstorm that’s far from severe.

But what’s the difference between a severe thunderstorm watch and a warning? Here’s the deal:

  • Severe Thunderstorm Watch: Conditions are favorable for severe weather. The National Weather Service issues a watch as far ahead as possible so residents in the impact areas can properly prepare.
  • Severe Thunderstorm Warning: Severe weather has been reported or spotted by weather radar, and there is a serious threat to life or property for those in the path of a storm.
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