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PUBLIC INFORMATION STATEMENT
NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE PUEBLO COLORADO
600 AM MDT MON APR 14 2013

...UNDERSTANDING SEVERE WEATHER WATCHES AND WARNINGS...

THE NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE SEES THE POTENTIAL FOR SEVERE
WEATHER...AND A STREAM OF WEATHER INFORMATION FLOWS FROM OUR
FORECAST OFFICES TO YOU.

EACH NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE FORECAST OFFICE HAS A WEB SITE...A
FACEBOOK PAGE...AND A TWITTER FEED WHERE YOU CAN FIND GRAPHICAL
WEATHER STORIES WHICH HIGHLIGHT UPCOMING WEATHER HAZARDS.  THE
HAZARDOUS WEATHER OUTLOOK...A TEXT PRODUCT...IS ALSO
AVAILABLE...WHICH HIGHLIGHTS WEATHER HAZARDS...SOMETIMES SEVEN DAYS
IN ADVANCE.

THE STORM PREDICTION CENTER IN NORMAN OKLAHOMA ALSO FORECASTS THE
CHANCE FOR SEVERE WEATHER ACROSS THE COUNTRY SEVERAL DAYS IN
ADVANCE.  THESE OUTLOOKS WILL TELL YOU IF THERE IS A CHANCE FOR
SEVERE WEATHER...AND IF YOU ARE IN A SLIGHT RISK...MODERATE
RISK...OR HIGH RISK AREA FOR SEVERE WEATHER.

IF SEVERE WEATHER BECOMES LIKELY WITHIN SIX HOURS...A WATCH WILL BE
ISSUED...ALERTING YOU TO THE INCREASED RISK FOR SEVERE WEATHER.  IF
YOU ARE IN OR CLOSE TO THE WATCH AREA...YOU SHOULD PLAN WHERE TO GO
FOR SHELTER IF SEVERE WEATHER OCCURS.  IF HIGH WIND IS A
THREAT...TYING DOWN OR BRINGING LOOSE OBJECTS INDOORS WOULD BE A
WISE MOVE.  IF LARGE HAIL IS A THREAT...PROTECTING YOUR VEHICLE
WOULD BE A GOOD IDEA.

THEN...FORECASTERS AT THE LOCAL NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE OFFICE WILL
MONITOR SATELLITE AND RADAR DATA...AND COLLABORATE WITH SEVERE
WEATHER SPOTTERS. FORECASTERS WILL ISSUE WARNINGS TO ALERT YOU OF
THE IMMINENT SEVERE WEATHER THREAT.  THE WARNINGS ARE SENT OUT IN
MANY DIFFERENT WAYS IN ORDER TO REACH THE MOST PEOPLE POSSIBLE.

A WARNING IS AN URGENT MESSAGE TELLING YOU THAT SEVERE WEATHER OR
FLOODING IS IMMINENT OR IS OCCURRING.  WARNINGS ARE USUALLY ISSUED
FOR AN AREA SMALLER THAN A COUNTY.

A SEVERE THUNDERSTORM WARNING IS ISSUED FOR WIND GUSTS OF 58 MPH
OR HIGHER...OR FOR HAIL ONE INCH IN DIAMETER OR LARGER.

A TORNADO WARNING IS ISSUED WHEN A TORNADO IS IMMINENT OR
OCCURRING.

A FLASH FLOOD WARNING IS ISSUED FOR RAPIDLY DEVELOPING LIFE
THREATENING FLOODING.

BEFORE AND DURING SEVERE WEATHER...YOU CAN RECEIVE  WATCHES...
WARNINGS...AND ADVISORIES ON NOAA ALL HAZARDS WEATHER RADIO.  MOST
WEATHER RADIO RECEIVERS HAVE A BUILT IN TONE ALERT...WHICH IS
ACTIVATED BY THE NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE WHEN WATCHES AND WARNINGS
ARE ISSUED.  YOU WILL ALSO SEE WARNINGS ON THE INTERNET...YOUR
SMARTPHONE WITH WIRELESS EMERGENCY ALERT MESSAGES...OR HEAR THEM ON
YOUR LOCAL RADIO OR TELEVISION STATIONS.

DO NOT BE CAUGHT OFF GUARD. KNOW HOW TO RECEIVE WATCH AND WARNING
INFORMATION...AND KNOW WHAT TO DO WHEN SEVERE WEATHER THREATENS.
SPECIFIC SAFETY INFORMATION WILL BE AVAILABLE EACH DAY OF THIS
COLORADO SEVERE WEATHER AWARENESS WEEK.

TOM MAGNUSON
WARNING COORDINATION METEOROLOGIST
NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE PUEBLO COLORADO



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