Finger on the Weather

Tornadoes: The difference between a watch and a warning

There’s an old joke in Kansas that a tornado watch means “charge your camcorder” and a tornado warning means grab the camera, jump in your truck and go find the tornado.

But that is never a good idea – especially when forecasts call for any tornadoes to be shielded by rain.

For any newcomers, the National Weather Service has a graphic showing the difference between a tornado watch and a tornado warning.

Bear in mind that Sedgwick and Butler counties utilize upgraded tornado sirens that will only sound if a warning includes the geographic area covered by the siren. In other words, if you hear a siren in either of those counties, that means a tornado-warned storm is in or approaching that location.

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