Weather conditions can quickly take a turn. It doesn't matter if you're dealing with severe weather, winter weather or tropical weather.
The National Weather Service works around the clock to keep you informed about what's happening outside. But how familiar are you with the terminology that meteorologists and weather forecasters use?
Here's a good guideline to follow:
- Outlook - It's often issued several days in advance to indicate the possibility for hazardous weather. You should continue to stay connected in the coming days to keep an eye out for any changes to the forecast.
- Advisory - It's often issued when conditions will be felt, but the impact is expected to be less severe in nature. You should continue to use caution.
- Watch - It's often issued when there is the potential for certain weather conditions to occur that will have a bigger overall impact. You should start to move into a planning stage.
- Warning - It's often issued when conditions are taking place or expected to take place in the foreseeable future. You should take action immediately to protect yourself and your surroundings.