Tornado watch vs warning, know the difference


Baking a cake is very similar to thunderstorm development in the atmosphere. Both start with ingredients.

A watch will be issued when meteorologists have detected enough ingredients in the atmosphere for thunderstorms to develop.

A TORNADO WATCH will be issued when there is the potential for tornadoes in the region. It will cover a wide area of land. The ingredients are present for a significant storm. This is the time to make sure you know where your safe place is and you have an emergency survival kit ready. A watch means be prepared.

As the ingredients mix together, a thunderstorm will grow just like a cake bakes. When the timer is going off on the oven that means the cake is ready. The cake is here and it is time to take action.

A TORNADO WARNING will be issued when a tornado is likely, or it is spotted on the ground, or on the radar. Take action, shelter must be taken immediately. Head to the lowest level of the building. Find a location with no windows and away from outer walls.

The Storm Team 2 Weather App will send a notification to your phone if you are included in the alert. Make sure your app is ready for the weekend.

There are four main ingredients meteorologists look for when determining if a tornado is possible. Those ingredients are moisture, shear, lift, and convective available potential energy. Storm Team 2 Meteorologist Carly Smith explains these ingredients.

All active watches and warnings will always be posted here.

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