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  • General Forecast Terminology
    Terms used in our zone and short term forecast program, including sky cover, temperature, wind, probability of precipitation, heat index, and wind chill.
  • Severe Weather Terms
    Terms used during severe convective weather, including severe thunderstorms, tornadoes, and flash floods.
  • Winter Weather Advisory Terms
    Terms used during winter weather advisory situations, and ALERT the public of situations that may cause inconvenience or difficulty to travelers, or for people who must be outdoors.
  • Winter Weather Warning Terms
    Terms used during winter weather warning situations, and ALERT the public of situations that may cause inconvenience or difficulty to travelers, or for people who must be outdoors.
  • Non-Precipitation Weather Terms
    Terms used to describe weather events not related to precipitation, such as fog and high wind.
  • Hydrologic Terms
    Terms used in our hydrologic program, including river stages and observations, flooding and flash flooding.
  • Coastal/Oceanic/Marine Terms
    Terms used to describe the marine program (not generally applicable for our county warning area), including hurricanes and tropical storms.
  • General Weather Glossary
    General weather terminology.

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