Archives: Weather Warnings

Explanation of common weather warnings issued by the National Weather Service in the US. (International warnings coming soon).

What is a Hurricane Watch?

TWSE Explains

Hurricanes are among the most powerful and destructive natural disasters in coastal regions and island communities. These massive tropical storms are characterized by intense winds, torrential rainfall, and potentially devastating storm surges. The National Hurricane Center (NHC) issues a hurricane watch when hurricane conditions are possible within a specified area, ... Continue reading

What is a Tropical Storm Watch?

TWSE Explains

Coastal regions are no strangers to tropical storms, which, although not as powerful as hurricanes, can still pose significant risks to communities. Tropical storms can bring about heavy rainfall, strong winds, and storm surges, leading to considerable damage. The National Hurricane Center (NHC) issues a tropical storm watch when there’s ... Continue reading

What is a Tornado Watch?

Johnathan Orellana

Most common in the U.S. in the Great Plains and the Southeast, tornadoes are one of nature’s most violent weather events. Since thunderstorms always precede tornadoes, thunderstorms are prevalent in the same regions as tornadoes.

What is a Flash Flood Watch?

Johnathan Orellana

Areas that experience heavy rainfall, snowmelt, and tropical storms are susceptible to flash floods. If weather conditions are favorable for a flash flood in your area, the National Weather Service issues a flash flood watch to give you time to prepare.

What is a Blizzard Warning?

Johnathan Orellana

Although blizzards are most common in the Great Plains, the upper Midwest, and the Northeastern U.S., blizzards can occur just about anywhere where snow falls in winter.

What is a High Wind Warning?

Ed Oswald

The National Weather Service issues various wind warnings to warn the public of dangerous wind conditions. Wind warnings are issued when sustained wind speeds are expected to reach or exceed a certain speed for a certain amount of time.

What is an Ice Storm Warning?

Johnathan Orellana

In the Northeastern US, ice storms are dangerous winter weather events that can cause extensive damage due to severe ice accumulation. Severe ice storms are commonplace in states like Vermont, Pennsylvania, New York, and New Jersey during cold winters but have also occurred in states further south and west.

What is a Hurricane Local Statement?

TWSE Explains

A hurricane local statement is an emergency message that provides critical information about a hurricane. Your local National Weather Service forecast office issues this product, including information about the storm's location, intensity, and expected impacts.

What is a Severe Thunderstorm Watch?

Johnathan Orellana

Severe thunderstorms are common in the Southeast U.S and Midwest. However, they can happen almost anywhere (even in unusual places, like Alaska). If weather conditions are favorable for severe thunderstorms, the National Weather Service issues a severe thunderstorm watch.

What is a Winter Storm Watch?

Johnathan Orellana

If weather conditions are favorable for hazardous winter weather in your area within 48 hours, then the National Weather Service issues a winter storm watch. Winter storm watches hint at the possibility of hazardous winter weather.