MINNEAPOLIS — With Severe Weather Awareness Week here, let's explain the differences between weather watches and warnings
When a watch is issued, it means conditions are favorable for severe weather development, and if a warning is issued, it means severe weather has either been spotted, or it’s imminent based on radar data.
When a watch is issued, you should monitor TV, KARE11.com, social media or weather radio for more information. When a warning is issued, you need to take shelter and tune in to those channels for more information.
You can think of it this way: A watch is like a bunch of ingredients for a cake — we have flour, sugar and eggs. A storm could have moisture, lift and instability, which puts all of the ingredients in place for something to happen.
A warning is like the cake itself: Severe weather is either imminent or happening, and it’s time to take action.
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