Test your weather knowledge with this short, 5-question quiz. The answers appear at the bottom, but NO peeking!
1. If you receive a weather warning for your county, you should assume it applies to the entire county. (True/False)
2. For a thunderstorm to be labelled “severe”, wind gusts must reach a minimum of:
a) 39 mph
b) 57 mph
c) 70 mph
3) A tornado warning is only issued under the following conditions:
a) A tornado has been visually confirmed.
b) A tornado has been detected by radar.
c) Either a or b.
4) Which organization issued tornado watches?
a) Department of Homeland Security.
b) Storm Prediction Center.
c) Local TV station.
5. A severe thunderstorm warning is issued:
a) When a thunderstorm is producing hail larger than a quarter.
b) When a thunderstorm is producing hail larger than a dime.
c) Only after a thunderstorm watch has been issued.
Well?? How did you do? Check your answers below
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Tornado, severe thunderstorm and flash flood warnings are precisely drawn as polygons, which may straddle one or more counties. When any of these warnings are issued
by the National Weather Service, WeatherCall compares the warning with your location and sends tou a call, text and/or email.
While every thunderstorm is inherently dangerous because they contain lightning, storms that can produce winds in excess of 57 mph can topple trees and damage structures.
Radar detection has improved, especially within the past few years with the advent of more advanced radar technology. You should always take every tornado warning seriously because it means that either someone has seen it or, the radar is detecting it and it may very well be occurring even if someone doesn’t see it. This is especially true of tornadoes that are obscured by rain.
The Storm Prediction Center, a specialized branch of the National Weather Service, located in Norman, Oklahoma is charged with monitoring the potential for storm threats days in advance. When they detect that conditions are right for dangerous storms to develop, they issue watches several hours before storms develop. When a watch has been issued, it is your “heads up” that the weather is expected to worsen soon.
In addition to containing wind gusts of 57 mph or greater, severe thunderstorms may also be producing hail larger than a quarter (1″ diameter). Either one of these defines a severe thunderstorm which may produce damage. By the way, it is also possible for a severe thunderstorm to produce a tornado.