Weather Watches, Warnings, and Standardized Color Codes

By: jnovikoff , 8:04 PM GMT on July 19, 2007

Yesterday, and the day before, a Tampa TV station is broadcasting my county as a red colored county. Instantly got concerned, because NWS is the only one who hands out Thunderstorm watches and warnings, and Tornado watches and warnings. So red to NWS means tornado warning. Yellow means thunderstorm warning. What the heck! The senior meteorologist says (1) Each outlet can choose their own colors, and (2) he prefers red for any warnings; both thuderstorm and tornando.

I can see it now in the papers: "Man found in tree in his truck after twister because he said he goes by the colors of Ch 28. Then, one day, he sees red at the NWS site and thinks it's just a thunderstorm warning when it's really a tornado warning.

Shocked to find out there is no standardization.

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