Weather Terminology

Definitions for Common Weather Terms


Severe Thunderstorm Watch

When severe thunderstorms are possible:

  • Watch the sky and listen to the radio or television for more information.
  • Be prepared to take shelter.

Severe Thunderstorm Warning

When severe thunderstorms are occurring:

  • Take shelter
  • Turn on a battery operated radio or television to receive warning and severe weather statements.

Tornado Watch

When tornados are possible:

  • Watch the sky and listen to the radio or television for more information.
  • Be prepared to take shelter.
  • If you see any rotating funnel-shaped clouds, report them immediately by telephone to your local law enforcement agency.
  • If you live in a mobile home, this is the time to move to a more substantial structure.

Tornado Warning

When a tornado has been sighted or indicated by weather radar:

  • Take shelter.
  • Turn on a battery operated radio or television and wait for the "ALL CLEAR" announcement by authorities.