Weather Warning Confusion - Newschannel 6 Now | Wichita Falls, TX

Weather Warning Confusion

A nearly 35 year old system is getting some major upgrades. Soon the Storm Prediction Center's Convective Outlooks will be adding Marginal and Enhanced Risks to the already existing Slight, Moderate, and High Risks. I spoke to Texomans about these changes, and tested them to see if they could put the categories in the correct order. 

No one was able to, and opinions were mixed about the effectiveness of the new system. Some said that the new method is more confusing, while others said it may be beneficial in the long run.  

In the new system, the marginal and enhanced categories are added, with marginal coming before slight and enhanced covering the stronger slight risks. Marginal is dark green, slight is yellow, orange is enhanced, red is moderate and pink is high risk.  

"If you see the enhanced in the outlook, be more vigilant," says John Ferree, the Severe Storms Services Leader for the National Weather Center. "There's more likelihood of a watch being issued and more likelihood of severe weather in your area when that enhanced occurs. So watch out for it, and understand that its a significant difference."

The Enhanced category will be used for areas that have a 10% chance of a tornado within 25 miles of a point instead of the old 5%, as well as be used if the chance exist for stronger tornadoes on the Enhanced Fujita (EF) scale. 

The new changes will go into effect on October 22nd. 

However, any time the Storm Prediction Center has your location under any type of severe weather risk, its always wise to keep an eye to the sky.

Dave Caulfield, Newschannel 6

 

  • News HeadlinesNewsMore>>

  • Grand jury indicts Missouri governor who admitted affair

    Grand jury indicts Missouri governor who admitted affair

    Thursday, February 22 2018 5:35 PM EST2018-02-22 22:35:21 GMT
    Friday, February 23 2018 3:35 AM EST2018-02-23 08:35:36 GMT
    A St. Louis grand jury indicted Missouri Gov. Eric Greitens on a felony invasion of privacy charge related to the Republican's affair with a woman in 2015. (AP Photo/Jeff Roberson, File)A St. Louis grand jury indicted Missouri Gov. Eric Greitens on a felony invasion of privacy charge related to the Republican's affair with a woman in 2015. (AP Photo/Jeff Roberson, File)

    A St. Louis grand jury has indicted Missouri Gov. Eric Greitens on a felony invasion of privacy charge related to the Republican's affair with a woman in 2015.

    A St. Louis grand jury has indicted Missouri Gov. Eric Greitens on a felony invasion of privacy charge related to the Republican's affair with a woman in 2015.

  • Florida man yells 'murderers!' as he's executed for slaying

    Florida man yells 'murderers!' as he's executed for slaying

    Thursday, February 22 2018 8:24 PM EST2018-02-23 01:24:33 GMT
    Thursday, February 22 2018 11:47 PM EST2018-02-23 04:47:48 GMT
    (Florida Department of Law Enforcement via AP). This undated photo made available by the Florida Department of Law Enforcement shows Eric Scott Branch in custody. Florida is scheduled to execute Branch Thursday, Feb. 22, 2018, for raping and killing a ...(Florida Department of Law Enforcement via AP). This undated photo made available by the Florida Department of Law Enforcement shows Eric Scott Branch in custody. Florida is scheduled to execute Branch Thursday, Feb. 22, 2018, for raping and killing a ...

    Florida inmate yells 'murderers!' repeatedly as he's executed for his convictioin in 1993 rape and killing of a college student.

    Florida inmate yells 'murderers!' repeatedly as he's executed for his convictioin in 1993 rape and killing of a college student.

  • Closings & Cancellations

    Closings & Cancellations

    Thursday, February 22 2018 11:40 PM EST2018-02-23 04:40:51 GMT
    (Source: RNN Texoma)(Source: RNN Texoma)

    Newschannel 6 is working to monitor the latest closures, delays and cancellations across Texoma due to inclement weather.

    Newschannel 6 is working to monitor the latest closures, delays and cancellations across Texoma due to inclement weather.

Powered by Frankly