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WHAT IS A WARNING?

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The key to saving lives is being aware and prepared.  The first step in being aware and prepared is to know the difference between a tornado warning and a tornado watch.

A tornado watch means that conditions are favorable for tornadoes to form.  The conditions are determined by local and national meteorologists. 

When a tornado watch has been issued, you should turn on your local television or radio station.  If outside, stay aware of approaching, threatening   clouds.  If you hear thunder, then the storm is near enough for you to move inside and listen to further  news broadcasts. 

A tornado warning means that a tornado has been sighted locally or  Doppler radar picked up large scale rotations where tornadoes are likely to form.  Visit the Safety Page for details on what do to if a warning has been issued.  

DO WE STUDY TORNADOES?

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Yes! Meteorologists are scientists that studies, understands, observes, or forecasts the Earth's phenomenon of weather.  Meteorologists can also be called atmospheric scientists.  We commonly think of meteorologists as the weatherman; yet there is much more to the field.  For example, meteorology is   needed in fields such as severe storms forecaster, bioclimatologists, air traffic controller assistant, national laboratory researcher, hydrological engineer, agriculturalist, teacher, radio propagation researcher, paleoclimatology, and many more.   If you study geology, it is very helpful to have knowledge of weather in the fields of sedimentology, paleogeology, and hydrology.  Weather enthusiasts contribute to science of meteorology by being storm spotters or tornado chasers.

 

                                                        

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