Watches and Warnings Defined
MANHATTAN, Kan. - Severe Weather Awareness week is a good time to review some essential terms used to alert people about the weather. State Climatologist Mary Knapp defined two key terms to prepare Kansans for severe weather.
“Watch means to do just that, watch for changing conditions. The National Weather Service may indicate that they are expecting to issue watches several days early. Be at the ready and give more attention to the weather,” Knapp said. “Warning means that the severe event is actually occurring. The time for planning is over. Take action immediately.”
More information about Kansas weather is available on the Kansas Weather Data Library Web site. Knapp’s audio reports are available on the K-State Research and Extension/Kansas Radio Network Web site at the Weather Wonders link.
K-State Research and Extension is a short name for the Kansas State University Agricultural Experiment Station and Cooperative Extension Service, a program designed to generate and distribute useful knowledge for the well-being of Kansans. Supported by county, state, federal and private funds, the program has county Extension offices, experiment fields, area Extension offices and regional research centers statewide. Its headquarters is on the K-State campus, Manhattan.
Story by: Nellie Hillnellieh@ksu.eduK-State Research & Extension News
Mary Knapp is at 785-532-7019