Storm School

If you watch The Weather Channel like we do, you hear them use different terms and may not really know what some of those terms mean. Here are 10 storm terms and their meanings.

Tropical Depression
A tropical cyclone in which the maximum sustained surface wind speed is 38 mph or less.

Tropical Storm
A tropical cyclone in which the maximum sustained surface wind speed ranges from 39 to 73 mph.

Tropical Storm Warning
An announcement that tropical storm conditions are expected somewhere within the specified area within 36 hours.

Tropical Storm Watch
An announcement that tropical storm conditions (sustained winds of 39 to 73 mph) are possible within the specified area within 48 hours.

Hurricane
A tropical cyclone in which the maximum sustained surface wind is 74 mph or more.

Hurricane Warning
An announcement that hurricane conditions are expected somewhere within the specified area. because hurricane preparedness activities become difficult once winds reach tropical storm force, the hurricane warning is issued 36 hours in advance of the anticipated onset of tropical-storm-force winds.

Hurricane Watch
An announcement that hurricane conditions are possible within the specified area. The hurricane watch is issued 48 hours in advance of the anticipated onset of tropical-force-winds.

Storm Surge
An abnormal rise in sea level accompanying a hurricane or other intense storm, and whose height is the difference between the observed level of the sea surface and the level that would have occurred in the absence of the cyclone. Storm surge is usually estimated by subtracting the normal or astronomic high tide from the observed storm time. storm surge can reach heights well over 20 feet and can span hundreds of miles of coastline.

Storm Tide
The actual level of sea water resulting from the astronomic tide combined with the storm surge.

Short Term Watches & Warnings
Provide detailed information about specific hurricane threats, such as flash floods and tornadoes.

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