While spring may be famous for its severe weather, fall storms can also be a threat to your safety. Stay ‘weather aware’ by understanding these severe weather terms:

Significant Weather Advisory – This advisory is normally used for storms with penny sized hail and wind gusts near 50 mph. This is categorized as a ‘near’ severe thunderstorm. Can also be issued to indicate the possibility of severe storms.

Severe Thunderstorm Watch – Where conditions are likely to develop a severe thunderstorm. A severe thunderstorm is defined as hail over 1 inch in diameter and/or winds 58 mph or higher.

Severe Thunderstorm Warning – A warning that is issued when a severe thunderstorm is imminent. Take cover immediately.

Wind Advisory – Includes sustained winds of 31 to 39 mph and/or wind gusts of 46 to 57 mph.

Severe Thunderstorm – A storm qualifies as severe when it produces winds over 58 mph, quarter size hail, or a tornado.

Flash Flood Watch – Indicates developing or current hydrologic conditions that could include flash flooding in or around the watch area.

Flash Flood Warning – Issued when flash flooding is imminent, highly likely, or in progress. If you are in the affected area, you should move to higher ground or evacuate immediately.

Tornado Watch – Issued when tornadoes are possible in or near the watch area.

Tornado Warning – Where severe rotation has been indicated by Doppler weather radar or has been sighted by spotters. Seek shelter immediately.

Tornado Emergency – This warning occurs when a violent tornado is expected to impact a heavily populated area.

Education can mean safety when it comes to severe weather. By understanding these terms, you can help keep your family safe from hazardous weather, no matter the season.

*Some terms provided by www.weather.gov