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Watch vs. warning, what's the difference?

Published On: Mar 18 2014 09:06:50 PM CDT   Updated On: Mar 18 2014 09:21:26 PM CDT

ABC 17 meteorologist Brittany Beggs explains the difference between a watch and a warning, and the ingredients needed for severe weather to form.

During the spring, mid-Missouri is in a transition period as warmer air moves in but cold air lingers.

The clash of air masses often leads to the development of thunderstorms.

When all the ingredients fall into place, storms can become severe and bring flooding rains, strong winds, damaging hail, and sometimes tornadoes.

Ingredients needed for severe weather include moisture, wind shear, a source of lift, and instability.

The difference between a watch and a warning is stated below:

WATCH: A severe thunderstorm or tornado watch is issued when conditions are favorable for dangerous weather to form.

WARNING: A severe thunderstorm or tornado is IMMINENT. Take shelter immediately.

When severe weather strikes, you can find the ABC 17 Stormtrack weather team on air, online at, on Facebook at ABC 17 News, and Twitter at @ABC17Stormtrack.

You can follow each member of the team on Twitter--@SharonABC17, @JessicaABC17, @GabrielleABC17, and @BrittanyABC17. 


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