Lafayette Severe Watches & Warnings NOAA Weather Radio

Public Information Statement
Statement as of 6:57 am CST on March 2, 2015

... Continuing severe weather awareness week in Texas... Oklahoma...
Louisiana... and Arkansas...

Today's topic is severe thunderstorms... watches and warnings...

Texas... Oklahoma... Louisiana... and Arkansas are affected by numerous
thunderstorms every year. The strongest and most dangerous of these
thunderstorms are defined as severe thunderstorms. Severe
thunderstorms are thunderstorms which produce damaging winds... large
hail and tornadoes. A thunderstorm is severe when it produces winds
of at least 58 mph... hail 1 inch in diameter or larger... or a
tornado. Severe thunderstorms can occur during any time... but are
most common during the Spring.

A Severe Thunderstorm Watch and Tornado Watch are issued by the Storm
Prediction Center... when atmospheric conditions are favorable for the
development of severe weather or tornadoes. Severe thunderstorm
warnings and tornado warnings are issued by your Shreveport National
Weather Service forecast office... when severe thunderstorms or
tornadoes are imminent... either as indicated by Doppler radar... or
when observed and reported by reliable sources such as Skywarn
spotters.

To protect yourself and your property from severe thunderstorms... it
is important to stay abreast of the latest weather conditions.
Staying updated through NOAA Weather Radio from the National Weather
Service... as well as monitoring television... radio and the
internet... will help you be better prepared for the dangers
associated with any severe thunderstorms in your area.


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