Severe Weather Awareness Week: Watches and Warnings

This week is Severe Weather Awareness Week. In an attempt to increase public awareness about severe weather and severe weather safety, we will focus on different topics of severe weather this week. Monday's topic is Watches and Warnings, what they are, and the differences. This is an important topic, since most folks still don't know what they are and the differences that separate them. The 11 News Weather Class tries to teach this at a very young age, so kids can take this type of information home to their parents. It may mean the difference between not worrying about one, and needing to be concerned about the other. The information provided below is courtesy of our good friends at the NWS Office in Pueblo: Watches and Warnings... ...UNDERSTANDING SEVERE WEATHER WATCHES AND WARNINGS... AS THE NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE BECOMES AWARE OF THE POTENTIAL OF HAZARDOUS SUMMER WEATHER... WE PASS IT ON TO YOU. A STREAM OF WEATHER INFORMATION IS SENT FROM OUR OFFICES TO YOU BEGINNING DAYS BEFORE A WARNING MAY BE ISSUED. IN THE DAILY HAZARDOUS WEATHER OUTLOOK THE NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE OFFICES IN BOULDER...PUEBLO...GOODLAND...AND GRAND JUNCTION WILL GIVE YOU THE POTENTIAL FOR HAZARDOUS WEATHER AS EARLY AS SEVEN DAYS BEFORE A SEVERE WEATHER EVENT. THE STORM PREDICTION CENTER IN NORMAN OKLAHOMA FORECASTS THE CHANCE FOR SEVERE WEATHER ACROSS THE COUNTRY FOR TODAY... TOMORROW...AND THE NEXT DAY AND WILL TELL YOU IF YOU ARE IN A SLIGHT RISK...MODERATE RISK...OR HIGH RISK AREA OF SEVERE WEATHER. IF SEVERE WEATHER BECOMES LIKELY WITHIN THE NEXT SIX HOURS...A WATCH WILL BE ISSUED TO ALERT PEOPLE OF THE HIGHER LIKELIHOOD OF SEVERE WEATHER IN AND NEAR THE WATCH AREA. IF YOU ARE IN OR CLOSE TO THE AREA COVERED BY A WATCH...PLAN OUT IN YOUR MIND WHERE YOU WOULD GO FOR SHELTER IF SEVERE WEATHER WERE TO STRIKE. IF HIGH WINDS ARE A PRIMARY THREAT...TYING DOWN OR BRINGING LOOSE OBJECTS INDOORS IS A GOOD IDEA. THEN...FORECASTERS AT THE LOCAL NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE OFFICE... MONITORING SATELLITE AND RADAR INFORMATION...AND TALKING TO SEVERE WEATHER SPOTTERS...WILL ISSUE WARNINGS AND QUICKLY DISSEMINATE THEM TO ALERT YOU TO IMMINENT SEVERE WEATHER. THE WARNINGS ARE SENT MANY DIFFERENT WAYS IN ORDER TO REACH THE WIDEST POSSIBLE AUDIENCE. A WARNING IS AN URGENT MESSAGE TO TELL YOU THAT SEVERE WEATHER OR FLOODING IS IMMINENT OR IS OCCURRING. WARNINGS ARE USUALLY FOR A PART OF A COUNTY...OR A COUNTY OR TWO AT A TIME. A SEVERE THUNDERSTORM WARNING IS ISSUED FOR WIND GUSTS OF 58 MPH OR GREATER...OR HAIL OF AT LEAST ONE INCH IN DIAMETER. A TORNADO WARNING IS ISSUED WHEN TORNADOS ARE IMMINENT OR OCCURRING. A FLASH FLOOD WARNING IS ISSUED FOR RAPIDLY DEVELOPING LIFE THREATENING FLOODING. BE WEATHERWISE. DO NOT BE CAUGHT OFF GUARD. KNOW HOW TO GET WATCH AND WARNING INFORMATION...AND WHAT TO DO WHEN SEVERE WEATHER THREATENS. SPECIFIC SAFETY INFORMATION WILL BE AVAILABLE EACH DAY OF THIS COLORADO SEVERE WEATHER AWARENESS WEEK. The 11 Weather Team is On Your Side and has multiple outlets to get you the severe weather information that you need, when you need it. Follow us on Facebook or Twitter, we will be live blogging during severe weather events on KKTV.com, streaming severe weather coverage on KKTV.com, and keeping you up to date on KKTV 11 News. Chief Meteorologist Brian Bledsoe
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