How Does the National Weather Service Alert You to Potential Severe Weather?
The National Weather Service utilizes a 3-tiered approach to alerting citizens to the potential for severe thunderstorms and/or tornadoes. The 3 tiers are OUTLOOK, WATCH and WARNING.
The National Weather Service is constantly looking for severe weather threats up to a week in advance. The Storm Prediction Center issues “Convective Outlooks” detailing areas where severe weather is possible up to 8 days into the future. Your local National Weather Service office then localizes this information for their forecast area. The NWS in Jackson, KY issues a Hazardous Weather Outlook every morning, and more often if needed, detailing the severe weather threats over the next week for most of eastern Kentucky. Both the Storm Prediction Center’s Outlooks and NWS Jackson’s daily Hazardous Weather Outlook can be found at http://www.crh.noaa.gov/jkl/outlooks.php.
The latest watches issued by the Storm Prediction Center can be found at http://www.spc.noaa.gov/products/watch/. Also, the east Kentucky Severe Weather Summary Page at http://forecast.weather.gov/hazards/jkl will show information on any watches issued for east Kentucky.
It's important to prepare and have a severe weather action plan in place BEFORE severe weather threatens, and then implement that plan and take action quickly when a warning is issued. Visit our Preparedness Page for more information on how to develop your severe weather action plan or email our Warning Coordination Meteorologist should you have any additional questions.