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Anello Answers It: Watch vs. Warning Explained

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April is one of our primary severe weather months in North Alabama, so now is the perfect time to address the difference between weather Watches and weather Warnings. 

Today, we're going to play on my Italian heritage and to really hammer the point home, we'll compare weather Watches and Warnings, to pizza watches and warnings. 

Anello Answers It: Watch vs. Warning Explained

If we have a pizza watch, the key is, we have the ingredients needed for our pizza, they're purchased and in our possession but they're on the counter. They have not yet been assembled however, they could be at any moment. 

Similarly, if we have a Severe Thunderstorm or a Tornado Watch, the conditions are favorable. We have the ingredients but the system itself has not yet formed. 

Anello Answers It: Watch vs. Warning Explained

If we have a pizza warning, our pizza is assembled and it is in the oven baking. There is no denying that our pizza is there, in its full form. A Severe Thunderstorm or Tornado Warning is when those systems are in the forecast right now. This would be indicative of a tornado being on the ground. You need to get to your safe space immediately. 

Anello Answers It: Watch vs. Warning Explained

Lastly, a Tornado Emergency is one where an especially dangerous tornado is confirmed on the ground and it is so large and powerful that it is causing severe threat to human lives and property. You need to be in your safe space immediately!!

Got a weather question you want answered? Email ganello@waaytv.com!

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Grace Anello is the Morning Meteorologist and host of "Anello Answers It" on WAAY.

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