Prepare Kansas

Words for Wednesday

One of the Prepare Kansas challenge tasks for this week is to review the meaning of Watch and Warning as related to weather situations.


According to the National Weather Service, “a watch is used when the risk of a hazardous weather or hydrologic event has increased significantly, but its occurrence, location, and/or timing is still uncertain. It is intended to provide enough lead time so that those who need to set their plans in motion can do so.”

A warning “is issued when a hazardous weather or hydrologic event is occurring, is imminent, or has a very high probability of occurring. A warning is used for conditions posing a threat to life or property.”

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