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Public Information Statement
National Weather Service Burlington VT
500 AM EDT Mon Apr 30 2018
...Severe Weather Awareness Week in New England and New York...
The National Weather Service, along with all the New England states
and the state of New York, have proclaimed this week as Severe Weather
Awareness Week. Today we examine hazardous weather terminology in order
to take proper action if and when severe weather threatens.
A severe thunderstorm watch is issued, covering a large area (several
counties and possible states), and is valid for a lengthy period of
time (4 to 8 hours) when conditions are favorable for the possible
development of severe weather in the area. A severe thunderstorm
includes damaging winds in excess of 58 miles an hour, hail of 1
inch diameter or larger, or possibly a tornado. Severe thunderstorms
also contain deadly lightning and heavy rain capable of producing floods.
A severe thunderstorm warning will be issued by county for a
relatively short period of time (hour or less) when severe weather
is imminent or observed.
A tornado watch is issued, covering a large area (several counties
and possible states), and is valid for a lengthy period of time
(4 to 8 hours) when conditions are favorable for the possible
development of severe weather, including tornadoes.
A tornado warning will be issued by county for a relatively short
period of time (hour or less) when severe weather has been detected
by doppler radar or has been observed.
When your area is under a severe weather watch, remain calm but be
alert for changing weather and be prepared to take immediate action
if a warning is later issued. When a severe weather warning is
issued, take immediate action to protect yourself. If possible,
go to a sturdy indoor structure. In a flooding situation, move to
Despite great advances in weather detecting technology, a network of
trained personnel and a host of severe weather products, each year
people die from weather related causes because they did not know
about the warning.
A battery operated NOAA All Hazards Weather Radio with tone alert
capabilities is one of the quickest and most reliable ways to
receive severe weather information.
More information on severe weather as well as forecasts and other
weather information can be found at www.weather.gov/burlington. Also,
visit our NWS Burlington Facebook and Twitter sites for more