Updated Storm Trackers Team Warning Alert System!
We are excited to continue to revise our new alert system to our viewers! Our monitoring area covers the following locations:
Much of Ontario
Much of Seneca
Lake Ontario from Irondequoit Bay to Oswego NY
The reason why we have created this alert system is because currently we are restricted by terms and time frames that the National Weather Service uses. There are times we may feel different on an upcoming weather event, but due to our respect for them, we followed their terms. We highly support the National Weather Service, but we feel this new system will better serve you. We are however, cautious about any confusion this may cause to the general public by having different terms floating around out there. We feel our terms are more specific to the event we are talking about. The following is a list of our updated terms and a brief definition.
* Strong Wind Advisory – Winds gusts between 45-55 mph for 3 hours or longer
* Damaging Wind Watch – Wind gusts of 55 + mph for any time frame possible
* Damaging Wind Warning – Wind gusts of 55 + mph for any time frame likely
* General Flood Advisory – Less intense flooding situations
* General Flood Watch – Gradual flooding possible
* General Flood Warning – Gradual flooding likely
* Rapid Flood Watch – Quick flooding situations possible
* Rapid Flood Warning – Quick flooding situations likely or occurring
SEVERE Thunderstorm Events:
This will not change on what the National Weather Service Issues!
* Severe Thunderstorm Watch – Large Hail, Damaging Winds, Heavy Rains, Freq. Lightning!
* Severe Thunderstorm Warning – Large Hail, Damaging Winds, Heavy Rains, Freq. Lightning!
* Tornado Watch – Tornadoes, Large Hail, Damaging Winds, Heavy Rains, Freq. Lightning!
* Tornado Warning – Tornadoes, Large Hail, Damaging Winds, Heavy Rains, Freq. Lightning!
NON SEVERE Thunderstorm Events:
* Heavy Thunderstorm Watch – Small hail, heavy rains, freq. lightning, winds of 40+ possible
* Heavy Thunderstorm Warning – Small hail, heavy rains, freq. lightning, winds of 40+ likely
*Travelers Advisory – Lighter snows, Fr. Rain, Sleet, Fog, Blowing Snow, black ice, flash freezing that falls below warning criteria.
* Travelers Warning – No Unnecessary Traveling Advised
* Heavy Snow Watch – Heavy snowfall is possible
* Heavy Snow Warning – Heavy snowfall is likely
* Heavy Ice Buildup Watch – Ice buildup of ¼” + is possible
* Heavy Ice Buildup Warning – Ice buildup of ¼”+ is likely
* Heavy Mix Precipitation Watch – Heavy snow, sleet, fr. rain possible
* Heavy Mix Precipitation Warning – Heavy snow, sleet, fr. rain likely
* Wind Driven Snow Warning – Significant blowing snow likely
* Wind Driven / Heavy Snow Watch – Significant blowing snow and heavy snowfall possible
* Wind Driven / Heavy Snow Warning – Significant blowing snow and heavy snowfall likely
* Blizzard Storm Watch – Blizzard conditions possible for at least 3 hours
* Blizzard Storm Warning – Blizzard conditions likely for at least 3 hours
* Marine Waterspout Watch – Waterspouts are possible
* Marine Waterspout Warning – Waterspouts are likely
* Special Mariners Warning – Thunderstorm events
* Marine Gale Force Warning – Winds of 39-54 mph
* Marine Storm Force Warning – Winds of 55-73+ mph
* Lakeside Flood / Erosion Watch – Significant flooding and erosion possible
* Lakeside Flood / Erosion Warning – Significant flooding and erosion likely
* Dangerous Heat Warning – Feel like temps of 100 F or higher likely
* Dangerous Cold Warning – Temps below -15 F or windchills below -20 F
* Special Weather Bulletins – Issued for updating weather situations
Definitions of Advisories, Watches, and Warning.
The general public has struggled with these terms for years. The easiest way to remember these is…
A “Watch” means we are only watching for the potential hazard.
A “Warning” means we are now warning you of the potential hazard
An “Advisory” means this is more of a nuisance weather event and is less than a “Warning”.
I want to be sure we are clear on this. The National Weather Service will continue to issue their own alert terms as usual and we will begin using our own terms immediately. I am sure we will need to make some adjustments and maybe even add some new terms in the future. You will be kept informed of any changes. As always, we would love your feedback on this. We are excited to bring this to you and hope you will continue to help spread the word on Facebook about us!
CEO / Founder