(Closed) Can someone please fill this New Yorker in on TORNADO WARNINGS?!

posted 9 years ago in The Lounge
Post # 17
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: June 2012

@firsttimemom: Actually I’m pretty sure “watch” is less severe than “warning”…anyone know for sure?

Post # 18
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: April 2012

@firsttimemom: Actually, a tornado watch is less than a warning. A watch just means it’s possible, but a warning means rotation or a funnel cloud has been spotted on the radar or by weather spotters. I only know this because I’ve heard it on the news over and over and over since we get tornado watches all the stinking time!

Post # 20
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Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: December 2010

@Kant: Watch is definitely LESS severe than a warning.  Watch just means that conditions outside are favorable for a tornado.  A warning means there is rotation or a funnel cloud.

Post # 21
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: June 2011

@firsttimemom: I thought the “tornado watch” was to indicate that weather conditions were favorable for one to form, and that a “tornado warning” meant there was one (I don’t know about funnel clouds/not touching the ground constituting a warning or not)? I was in Paducah, KY last night, and there were watches all over the place and a few warnings coming over the radio.

 

ETA PPs beat me to it. ๐Ÿ™‚ 

Post # 23
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: September 2011

put an emergency kit in your closet. make sure it has some food, water bottles, cat food, a blanket, some extra clothes flashlight, batteries and a whistle. even if you dont need it today i totally suggest making one in case of an emergancy.

Post # 24
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: December 2010

*Hangs Head* I’ve been lied to for all these years ๐Ÿ™ I feel like someone just killed a puppy. 

Seriously though, I always thought the opposite, thanks ๐Ÿ™‚

Post # 25
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Sugar Beekeeper
  • Wedding: September 2010

Wow, there are some people giving you BAD advice here.

A TORNADO WARNING means that a tornado has either been physically spotted, or there is a curl indicating a tornado on the radar. I grew up in Dallas, where we had tornados every single spring.

If you do not have a basement, go immediately to the most interior part of your house/apartment. The best place is an interior bathroom – the structure of the pipes provides more protection.

Why on earth would bees think a “watch” is worse than a “warning” ?!!! :-/

Post # 26
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Sugar Beekeeper
  • Wedding: September 2010

Oh, and getting in the bathtub with a mattress on top is also a good idea, if it really is a tornado warning. We did that a lot – extra extra protection. They always taught us to do that.

Post # 27
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Sugar Beekeeper
  • Wedding: September 2010

@ohheavenlyday: There is probably a 99% chance that tornado sirens do not exist in New York. I know they don’t exist in Boston!! That is only a southern/tornado ally midwest thing.

Post # 28
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: December 2010

@crayfish: I was explained to it in terms of like a ticket, a warning is less severe. Thanks for the info ๐Ÿ™‚

Post # 29
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Honey bee
  • Wedding: October 2011

yeah, I wouldn’t rely too much on sirens, especially if you’ve never even heard them in your area before, then they probably aren’t there!

Post # 30
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Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: January 1999

@UpstateCait:  Hi there!  Speaking from experience (i.e. I’ve lived in MO all of my life and my parents are about 1 mile from where the devastating tornadoes struck on Good Friday), I would take the warnings/watches seriously!  As many pp’s said, go to the most interior part of your home away from windows.  Typically, bathrooms and closets are the best places to go.  Bring something soft to cover yourself up with, as well as your cell phone and a battery operated radio to keep you informed.  You might also want to have water and snacks with you, as well as a first aid kit.  Say a couple of prayers and most likely it will all pass.  Best wishes!!

Post # 31
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: April 2012

@firsttimemom: Here’s a new way to remember it. You watch for the cops who give you the warning. You see the cops first, then you get the warning. I hope that helps! ๐Ÿ™‚ And seriously, if someone doesn’t have to deal with severe weather all the time, they most likely wouldn’t know. Why would they? I’ve been dealing with it my entire life. Is it as bad in Indiana as it is further west? No way! But we still get tornado warnings every single year! Indiana gets 20-30 a year. Not a lot compared to Kansas or Oklahoma or those other states in tornado alley, but we do deal with it. Don’t worry about it. Besides, I know several people that do have to deal with it every year and still couldn’t tell you the difference between a watch and warning!

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