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National Weather Service Creates New Severe Thunderstorm Categories

We all know that when severe weather occurs, the National Weather Service (NWS) issues watches or warnings based on the outlooks for that day. There are several different levels of severe thunderstorms that vary on a lot of different factors. Those include wind speeds, size of hail, lightning and flooding.

Although there are currently Severe Thunderstorm Watches and Severe Thunderstorm Warnings, by July 28th, there will be a better understanding of how severe these storms are with two new categories for Severe Thunderstorm Warnings. These new alerts will also trigger an alert to all smartphones when severe weather is present in your location.

The National Weather Service now has Destructive, Considerable, and Baseline Severe Thunderstorm categories. NWS says the purpose of these different categories is “to distinguish between high-impact and low-impact events” with baseline remaining the same as the original Severe Thunderstorm Warning.

For more information on these new categories and the criteria for a severe thunderstorm, visit the NWS website at this link.

Tabitha Bartoe
Tabitha Bartoe
Tabitha Bartoe is currently a Junior attending Valparaiso University, double majoring in Meteorology and Communications. She is the Assistant News Director at the university's television 15 VUTV and also a part of the Valparaiso University Storm Intercept Team (VUSIT) and the American Meteorological Society. Tabitha has always had a passion for weather since the age of 12 when she nearly got hit by lightning which "struck" her interest in studying the atmosphere.
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