Anonymous asked in Science & MathematicsWeather · 4 months ago

does a tornado watch mean that you should hide and be scared?

12 Answers

  • 3 months ago

    No. That's a tornado alert. Watch means that the weather is right for a tornado to develop. Alert means that one has been spotted.

  • 4 months ago

    No, a tornado watch means conditions are likely for clouds to form a severe thunderstorm or tornado. When conditions are OBSERVED to have rotating features in the thunderstorm, a tornado warning may be issued. At THAT point you should be close to or within a proper safety area.

  • 4 months ago

    No. I grew up in the midwest where there were lots of tornados.

    You don't have to take shelter and assume a crouching position

    under a mattress until there is a tornado warning.

    A tornado watch just means you have to watch it and sees if it gets worse.

  • 4 months ago

    Yes. Especially if it’s a man made tornado.

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  • 4 months ago

    No, and fear is the worst instinct you can listen to.

    A tornado watch means conditions are favourable for a tornado(es) to potentially occur, it does not mean one is actually happening in your area. Often times a tornado watch will be issued for an entire region/county, and not limited to one city or town in your country, it's a broad weather watch.

    You don't need to hide, or even stay indoors either! It does mean keep an eye on the radar, and on the weather website/tv station in your area! If your outside and you notice green skies in the distance, that is the time to get inside and away from windows/doors etc. The same thing applies if you hear an alert on your phone/tv etc that says "tornado warning", because that means either a) a tornado is on the ground b) weather radar is picking up on rotation.

    A tornado watch is nothing to be fearful of.

  • 4 months ago

    No, that's a tornado WARNING. A tornado WATCH just means tornadoes are possible.

    Let's say you have flour, eggs, cocoa and sugar. Are those things brownies? No, but they can be used to make brownies. Since you have the ingredients, brownies are possible, so you have a brownie watch.

    Now, combine all the ingredients and put them in the oven, then set the timer. When the timer goes off, that is a brownie warning. The brownies exist and are imminent. They are coming to a mouth near you.

    You can stand all night in the kitchen with your plate ready if you feel like you need to, but unless those ingredients actually get mixed and baked, there will never be brownies. So put the plate away until you hear the timer go off. Then run and get it and be eager.

    Besides, it's not like you're gonna miss your opportunity to get to your designated brownie spot right now. You're not going anywhere.

  • 4 months ago

    Back in the 60's, they had no real tornado warning system in my midwestern area. No doppler weather radar existed. Then an old friend of mine saw a funnel cloud and notified the cops. This was said to be the beginning of the weather watch/warning program. They had enough time to get on the radio and TV to warn people that the tornado was coming. An elderly couple, 80 miles away, heard the warning and took shelter just before the tornado leveled their home. 

  • 4 months ago

    If you see it coming, yes.

    But mostly it is a low stage notice, less threatening that a warning or alert.

  • Mog
    Lv 7
    4 months ago

    No. It means keep a close eye on any further weather alerts. A tornado warning means you should take shelter in an appropriate room away from windows and preferably underground. But don’t be scared. A tornado warning doesn’t mean a tornado is headed straight for you. It means one was spotted in your area. 

  • Kyle
    Lv 7
    4 months ago

    you should be alert.  a watch is a likely event a tornado CAN form.  a warning is one where it is SPOTTED and seek shelter immediately.  inside a building.  basement.  or lower part of a building like a bathroom that has infrastructure going underground.  

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