What Makes for a Severe Storm Warning? | NBC 5 Dallas-Fort Worth

What Makes for a Severe Storm Warning?

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    The Storm Prediction Center has placed areas of North Texas under a risk for severe weather for storms this evening. (Published Tuesday, Nov. 22, 2016)

    It has been a while since North Texans have seen severe weather in the area.

    The Storm Prediction Center has placed areas of North Texas under a risk for severe weather Tuesday evening. A cold front and dry line will merge, triggering storms.

    What is a severe storm, and what are watches and warnings? To outline the risk, a scale of 1-5 is used:

    1. Marginal
    2. Slight
    3. Enhanced
    4. Moderate
    5. High

    These values are based on the probability of a severe weather outbreak.

    What classifies a storm as severe? A severe thunderstorm must contain at least one of the following:

    • Hail larger than one inch in diameter
    • Winds gusting over 58 mph
    • Tornado

    Watches or warnings may be issued Tuesday. Remember, there are big differences between the two.

    Watch

    Conditions are favorable for severe storm development. During a watch you need to watch and prepare for the weather.

    Warning

    Severe storm has been reported or detected on radar. During a warning is when you need to take action.

    The NBC 5 Weather Experts will have you covered on air, on line & through social media. You can also download the NBC DFW App for automatic notifications for weather alerts in your area.