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There is a difference between a watch versus a warning. A watch is an advance notice that atmospheric conditions are favorable for severe thunderstorms or tornadoes to develop. This gives you time to review your severe weather safety plan with your family. Make sure everyone knows where shelter is located, and how to reach it quickly, if necessary. When a warning is issued, that's the time for quick safe actions. All watches are issued from a specialized agency within the National Weather Service. This agency is the "Storm Prediction Center" based in Norman, Oklahoma.There are two kinds of watch products which can be issued by the Storm Prediction Center. These are: SEVERE THUNDERSTORM and/or
PDS is basically enhanced wording used by the Storm Prediction Center to help increase the awareness of any pending threats expected.
It means a "Particularly Dangerous Situation" exists in the areas highlighted. If your area is mentioned in the watch, please be sure to
observe these additional safety tips:
1... Since such conditions exist in the atmosphere where you live, it is very essential that you closely monitor local weather developments, and stay informed of the latest forecasts and statements. Thunderstorm development can happen very quickly, with storms exploding to life in under an hour's time! These storms can become severe and produce an array of destructive elements.
2... Derecho Events are long-lived clusters or bowing lines of severe thunderstorms which produce widespread swaths of damaging winds. The winds of most Derechoes averages about 85 mph, but some were clocked at 148 mph. Unlike tornadoes, Derechoes produce wind damage in a straight-lined direction. Derecho is Spanish, meaning "straight-forward".
3... Strong to violent tornado outbreaks often happen in PDS instances. These monster "wedge" type of storms can cause widespread destruction to any locations in their paths. In recent years, it was these monster tornadoes which caused most of the fatalities and injuries reported.
So remember, if your area is placed in a PDS situation, don't take it lightly! Treat it as a very serious situation, and follow any advice given. Your life may well depend on it! The good news is that PDS events are rare across the country, and only used in extreme weather situations.
SO THE BOTTOM LINE IS....
A watch is issued well ahead of any thunderstorm development in most cases, and means you should prepare now for the possible onslaught of severe thunderstorms and/or tornadoes at anytime. Again, make sure you review your severe weather safety plan with your family. Ensure everyone knows what to do, and where to go for shelter if the need arises. Otherwise go about your normal routines, just as you would any other day. Be ready to take action if a warning is issued.