Severe Weather Education
Watches and Warnings are different
A WATCH means that conditions are favorable for severe thunderstorms or tornadoes to develop. These are issued by the Storm Prediction Center in Norman, Oklahoma, typically before severe weather is developing.
A WARNING means that a severe thunderstorm or tornado has either been indicated on radar or witnessed by storm spotters firsthand. The local NWS Forecast Office issues these when severe weather is developing or occurring.
- Have a plan. Prepare ahead of time so you and your family know what actions to take when severe weather occurs.
- Get indoors. There is no safe place outdoors during severe weather.
- Stay informed. When severe weather threatens, stay tuned to NOAA weather radio, local television and radio stations, or the National Weather Service for up-to-date information on the weather situation.
The most common time for tornadoes in our area is during the spring months of March, April and May, with a secondary tornado season of November and December. However, tornadoes can occur at any time of day and at any point during the year, given the right environment.
|EF Rating||Wind Speeds||Potential Damage Threats|
|EF 0||65-85 mph||Light damage, shallow rooted trees pushed over, some damage to gutters and siding.|
|EF 1||86-110mph||Moderate damage, mobile homes overturned, roof surfaces peeled off.|
|EF 2||111-135mph||Considerable damage, large trees uprooted or snapped, mobile homes destroyed.|
|EF 3||136-165mph||Severe damage, trains overturned, well-built homes lose roofs and walls.|
|EF 4||166-200mph||Devastating damage, well-built homes leveled, cars thrown.|
|EF 5||Over 200mph||Incredible damage, well-built homes disintegrated, automobile-sized objects thrown > 300ft.|