- from Tornadoes
Imagine you’re watching your favorite TV show. Suddenly you hear this:
“The National Weather Service has issued a tornado warning. Seek shelter immediately in a small closet or bathroom near the center of your house on the lowest floor. Storm spotters have sighted a tornado in progress on the southwest edge of town moving northeast at 20 miles per hour. Take shelter now!”
You’d probably do exactly as you were told. Tornado warnings are to be obeyed.
The National Weather Service issues both tornado watches and tornado warnings. What’s the difference? A tornado watch means that storms that could contain tornadoes may form in the watch area. A tornado warning means a tornado has been found by radar or eyesight. Here’s how the National Weather Service knows where and when tornadoes are forming.