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Public Information Statement
National Weather Service Goodland KS
544 AM MDT Mon Mar 27 2017 /644 AM CDT Mon Mar 27 2017/

...PUBLIC INFORMATION STATEMENT...

...2017 Severe Weather Awareness Week for Nebraska...

Though spring is already upon Nebraska, it is never too late to
start preparing for severe weather season.  Today is the first day
of Severe Weather Awareness Week for the state of Nebraska, which
will end Friday, March 31st.

The topic for today is Severe Weather Terminology.

It is important to understand the terms you may hear in a product
issued by the National Weather Service.

A thunderstorm is considered severe when it produces hail one inch
in diameter or larger, winds that are equal to or greater than 58
miles per hour, or a tornado.

A tornado is a violently rotating column of air which extends from a
convective cloud and is in contact with the ground.  The entire
column of air associated with a tornado is not always visible, and
may only be visible once it has picked up enough dirt and debris.  A
tornado can develop quickly.

A flash flood is a rapid rise in water that occurs with little or no
warning, and is usually the result of intense rainfall over a
relatively small area in a short amount of time.

A watch means that conditions are favorable for the development of
severe weather in and close to the watch area.  The size of the
watch depends on the situation, and is usually issued for a duration
of 4 to 8 hours. Be prepared!

A warning means that severe weather has either been detected by
radar or reported by storm spotters. Information in the warning will
include the location, the primary threat, and path of the storm.
Warnings can be issued without a watch already in effect. People in
the affected area should seek shelter immediately. Take action!

Before severe weather strikes, develop a plan of action.  Identify a
place for you and your family to take shelter in the event of severe
weather. Once you have a plan of action, conduct frequent drills to
ensure everyone knows what to do at all times.

Additional information on severe weather terminology can be found
at:

http://www.nws.noaa.gov/om/thunderstorm

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