It's that time of year again where we can enjoy some sunshine and warmer temperatures. It's also that time of year where we can see some really bad weather, so this is a good time to refresh ourselves on what the most important severe weather terms mean.     

Below is a rundown of the most common terms we will hear this spring according to the National Weather Service:

Severe Thunderstorm Watch

A Severe Thunderstorm Watch is when severe thunderstorms are possible in the "watch area". It doesn't mean that they will occur. It only means they are possible.

Severe thunderstorms are defined as:

1) Winds of 58 mph or higher

And it could also include

2) Hail 1 inch in diameter or larger.

Severe Thunderstorm Warning

A Severe Thunderstorm Warning is issued when severe thunderstorms are occurring or imminent in the warning area.

Severe thunderstorms are defined as follows:

1) Winds of 58 mph or higher

And it could include

2) Hail 1 inch in diameter or larger.

Tornado Watch

A Tornado Watch is issued when severe thunderstorms and tornadoes are possible in and near the watch area. It does not mean that they will occur. It only means they are possible.

Tornado Warning

A Tornado Warning is issued when a tornado is imminent. When a tornado warning is issued, seek safe shelter immediately.

You can always stay up to date on the weather situation with our App and at our website.