When it comes to severe weather advisories, a warning is more severe than a watch. Each is issued by a different branch of the U.S. National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration.Continue Reading
According to Dan Kottlowski, a senior meteorologist for AccuWeather, the Storm Predictor Center issues watches when current conditions are favorable for severe weather – often a thunderstorm or a tornado – but watches don't necessarily mean that the weather is imminent. Watches also tend to cover much broader geographical areas, often up to 25,000 square miles.
Warnings are issued by local offices of the National Weather Service and occur when severe weather is imminent. Officials issue a warning when specific criteria, such 1-inch hail and 55-mph winds, have been confirmed in an area.Learn more about Storms
According to the National Snow & Ice Data Center, blizzard prediction relies on modeling weather systems, as well as predicting temperatures. When a weather system moves through an area experiencing near- or sub-freezing temperatures, it can create the potential for anything from freezing rain to a full-fledged blizzard.Full Answer >
A storm surge is a rise in sea level associated with a tropical or extratropical weather system. The storm surge is often the most deadly phenomena associated with tropical storms and cyclones.Full Answer >
Typhoons, cyclones and hurricanes are all the same type of weather phenomenon; the only difference is the location of the storm, according to the National Ocean Service. In the Atlantic Ocean and northeast Pacific Ocean, the term "hurricane" is used. Cyclones occur in the South Pacific and Indian Oceans, while typhoons are in the northwest Pacific Ocean.Full Answer >
The people who study tornadoes and all other weather patterns and phenomena are called research meteorologists. Amateurs who follow and record tornado-producing storms as a hobby or for personal study are called storm chasers.Full Answer >