Severe Weather Product List


Did you know that your NWS in Springfield, Mo. offers a wealth of information to alert you of potential or imminent severe weather and flooding?   Below is a list of severe weather products, as well the product descriptions and intended response.

 

Severe Weather Warnings and Outlooks
Product
Description
Awareness & Action Level
Hazardous Weather Outlook Issued at least twice daily at 6 AM and 1 PM to alert you of potential weather hazards.   Stay tuned to later statements and be alert for the development of hazardous weather.
Severe Weather Watches Issued when conditions become favorable for the development of severe weather. Prepare and take necessary precautions in the event a warning is issued or severe weather is observed.
Severe Thunderstorm Warning Issued when severe weather (1" hail or larger and/or winds in excess of 58 mph) is imminent. Take immediate action to save lives and property.
Tornado Warning Issued when a tornado is imminent and has been spotted or indicated by doppler radar. Take immediate action to save lives and property.
Severe Weather Statement Issued to update the status of severe weather warnings and give specific details on the location and severity of storms.
Local Storm Reports Issued to inform you of actual severe weather occurrences.

 

Flood Warnings and Outlooks
Product
Description
Awareness & Action Level
Flood Potential Outlook Issued 36 to 72 hours before potential flood events. Stay tuned to later statements and be alert for the development of flooding.
Flood Watch Issued when conditions become favorable for flooding. Prepare and take necessary precautions in the event a warning is issued or flooding is observed.
Flash Flood Warning Issued when rapid and life threatening water rises are imminent. Take immediate action to save lives and property.
Flood Warning Issued for main stem river flooding or over land flooding for an extended period of time. Take immediate action to save lives and property.
Flash Flood & Flood Statements Issued to update the status of warnings and watches, and give specific details on the locations and severity of flooding.   

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