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Public Information Statement
National Weather Service Binghamton NY
800 AM EDT Thu Apr 26 2018

Severe Weather Awareness Week continues in Pennsylvania.

Over the last 10 years, severe thunderstorms, tornadoes and
lightning killed an average of 192 people per year in the
United States. To reduce your chances of being injured by severe
weather it is important to understand the meaning of different
severe weather phenonena and the difference between a watch and
a warning.

Severe thunderstorms are defined as thunderstorms that produce
winds greater than 58 mph or hail of one inch in diameter or
larger. A severe thunderstorm watch means atmospheric conditions
are favorable for severe thunderstorms to develop over the next
several hours. If a watch is issued a severe thunderstorm is
expected to develop typically no more than six hours after the
issuance. After a severe thunderstorm watch has been issued,
continue on with your daily routine, but be prepared to quickly
move to a secure place of safety should a severe thunderstorm
warning be issued. A severe thunderstorm warning means that severe
thunderstorms are imminent or occurring. A warning implies
a significant threat to life and property. Seek shelter
immediately when a severe thunderstorm warning is issued.

Tornadoes are a violently rotating column of air that reaches
contact with the ground and is attached to the cloud base above.
Tornadoes can develop with all types of thunderstorms. Similar to
a severe thunderstorm watch, a tornado watch means that atmospheric
conditions are favorable for a tornado to form over the next several
hours. Tornado watches are typically issued for no more than six
hours. A tornado warning means that a tornado is imminent or
occurring. A tornado warning implies an immediate threat to life
and property. Take shelter immediately! Tornadoes can cause major
damage.

Flash flooding is a rapid rise of water along a stream or low lying
urban area. It can happen in a flash! The most common culprit of
flash flooding is heavy downpours associated with thunderstorms.
A flash flood watch means that conditions are favorable
for a flash flood to develop. When a flash flood watch is issued,
continue with your daily activities, but be prepared to take action
and head to higher ground if a flash flood warning is issued. A
flash flood warning means that flooding is imminent or occurring.
Flood waters can rise rapidly and are extremely powerful. Seek
higher ground immediately when a flash flood warning is issued.

A NOAA weather radio is the best way to find weather forecasts and
receive weather warnings. NOAA weather radio broadcasts weather
information 24 hours / 7 days a week. You can use your NOAA weather
radio at home, work or when at play. NOAA weather radio provides
continuous broadcasts of weather information with immediate relay
of severe weather warnings. The NWS recommends everyone have access
to a NOAA weather radio.

Weather topics for the remainder of the week will be as follows:

Friday April 27. Severe Weather Preparedness and Safety.

For more information on weather hazards and Severe Weather
Awareness Week. Please visit:

http://www.weather.gov/bgm
http://www.weather.gov/ctp/SevereWeatherAwarenessWeek


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David Nicosia
Warning Coordination Meteorologist
National Weather Service Binghamton, NY




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