Here is a prime example of storm based warnings from the National Weather Service that work.
The NWS in Wakefield VA is drawing one large severe thunderstorm warning (yellow polygon) for the area that will be affected by the storm. A much smaller area is going to be impacted by a tornado that is on the ground (the red polygon of the tornado warning).
People outside the smaller red polygon are not going to have a tornado, but they aren’t receiving an unnecessary tornado warning. But they do have the potential to receive one inch or larger hail and damaging winds of 58 mph or greater.
Hats off to our National Weather Service friends for creating warnings like this. Our friends at the local office here are working hard to reduce false alarms while maintaining a high probability of warning.
Storm based warnings work as long as you have a way to receive them.
Category: Severe Weather