Prepare for Severe Weather

Weather. It's one of the most difficult things to predict. Often times we have adequate warning from local weather reports about severe weather that may be headed our way. Sometimes the weather isn't as bad as predicted. Sometimes the weather is worse than expected and it's easy to blame the weather folks for not getting it right.

Your best defense is to prepare for what "may" come, not just what you know "is" coming. Just as you would take sunscreen if you are going to be outside in the sun or bring blankets along for a outdoor fall sporting event, plan for severe weather at home, around your home or while you're traveling.

Here's some guidance on the differences between an ADVISORY  /  WATCH  / WARNING

  • Weather Advisory: Be Aware. An advisory informs you that severe conditions are expected to cause significant inconveniences that may be hazardous. If you exercise caution, advisory situations shouldn’t become life-threatening.

  • Storm Watch: Be Prepared. A watch means that severe conditions mentioned in the watch, such as heavy snow, sleet, tornado, or hail may affect your area, but where, when and how much is still uncertain. A watch is intended to provide enough lead time for you to prepare.

  • Storm Warning: Take Action! NWS issues a warning when its scientists forecast an imminent weather threat that will affect your area, such as a tornado, large hail or a blizzard. Safety instructions are typically included in the warning to keep you safe. 

Click on the photos below to find specific information on weather that frequently occurs in our area.


dog with umbrella, spring/summer storms truck in flood waters
Cars parking in snow lightning
tornado thermometer registering high heat