Tornado Warnings in Weather
What's the difference between a watch and a warning?What are tornado warnings? What is the difference between a warning and a watch? Find out all you need to know about this weather warning.
The evolution of tornado warnings since the early days has really been a sight to see. Tornadoes are dangerous weather events, and with the limited technology from last century, predicting when and where tornadoes could potentially occur was very difficult.
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Many fatalities happened as a result of this. But over the years, with many advances in technology, tornado warnings are getting more and more accurate (although not perfect). Warnings can now be issued several minutes in advance of a possible tornado, and newer radars and trained spotters make giving out proper warnings easier.
What is Classified as a Tornado Warning?
So what are the conditions needed for a tornado warning? When a storm spotter has sighted a tornado, or when a tornado has been indicated on Doppler radar, they can be issued. Usually when this happens, people will hear tornado sirens go off signaling them to take cover.
Tornado Warning Quick Facts
- The first warning for a tornado was issued by Robert C. Miller of the US Air Force and Major Ernest Fawbush on March 25th, 1948.
- They are issued when a tornado is reported to be on the ground, a funnel cloud, strong low level rotation is indicated, or when a water spout is about to make landfall
- A warning means that there is an immediate danger for tornadic conditions in the area
- It is not the highest level of alert for a tornado. Something called a Tornado Emergency can be issued.
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