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Fire Weather in the West; Strong to Severe Storms in Southern Mid-Atlantic; Tropics off Florida and Southeast

Critical fire weather conditions will continue across the Inter-mountain West through the upcoming weekend, as Red Flag Warnings and Fire Weather Watches are in effect. Meanwhile, strong to severe storms w/ damaging winds and heavy rain likely in North Carolina and southern Virginia. Finally, the National Hurricane Center is monitoring a broad area of low pressure in the Bahamas for development. Read More >

 

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Differences Between a Watch and a Warning

A Severe Thunderstorm Watch or a Tornado Watch is issued when atmospheric conditions are favorable for the development of severe weather.  Specifically... A Severe Thunderstorm Watch is issued when the primary concern is for large hail one inch in diameter (quarter-sized) or larger and/or damaging thunderstorm winds of at least 58 mph.  A Tornado Watch is issued when severe weather is expected, which also includes the possibility of large and/or multiple tornadoes.

After coordinating with affected National Weather Service forecast offices, the watch is issued by the Storm Prediction Center in Norman, Oklahoma. The typical size of a watch area is twenty-five thousand square miles and usually takes the shape of a four-sided polygon. The watch typically lasts for six to eight hours. When a watch is issued, it is important to be on the alert for threatening weather and be prepared to move quickly to safety when severe weather develops.

Severe Thunderstorm Warnings and Tornado Warnings are issued by local National Weather Service forecast offices when severe thunderstorms or tornadoes are imminent, either as indicated by Doppler radar or when observed & reported by reliable sources, such as Skywarn spotters. A warning usually covers a portion of one to several counties (or parishes) and normally lasts for an hour or less. Pay close attention to the information contained in the warning and take immediate action to protect yourselves. Warnings include important details such as which locations are at greatest risk and what measures you should take to protect yourself.

Remember: In a watch...watch the sky. In a warning...take action to protect yourself.

We Need Your Reports!

Your severe weather reports provide valuable ground-truth information to the National Weather Service about what exactly a storm is doing.  Visual confirmation of severe weather and damage provides additional valuable information to our warnings and to local first responders.  We want you to let us know anytime you observe tornadoes, large hail, strong winds, flash flooding, or any damage as a result of hazardous weather.  DO NOT put yourself in danger to obtain a report.  We value your safety more than any report of severe weather!

The National Weather Service office in Shreveport covers 1 county in extreme Southeast Oklahoma, 21 counties in Northeast and East Texas, 9 counties in Southwest Arkansas, and 17 parishes in Northwest Louisiana.

You can report severe weather for these counties/parishes in a number of ways:

  • Submit a storm report on the web here.
  • Call the National Weather Service in Shreveport at 318-631-3669.
  • Call your county or parish sheriff's office and relay your report to them.

We will need to know the type of severe weather observed, the location, and the time it occurred.

NWS Shreveport County Warning Area
 
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