|About the Hazardous Weather Outlook|
|The Hazardous Weather Outlook (HWO) will be issued daily, around 6� am .
Updates will be issued as needed.
The valid time for the Day One outlook is until 6 am the next day. The intent of this product is to provide a graphical outlook for possible hazardous weather in our area. Along with the graphical display, text describing hazardous weather threats will be displayed. The color key on the right side of each outlook describes the color coding to be used in conveying a particular hazardous weather threat.
|Day One Outlook|
The Day One outlook is valid until 6 am the next day and consists of six individual threat maps. The following are explanations of each map:
Thunderstorms: The definition of a severe thunderstorm is winds in excess of 58 miles an hour (50 knots), hail 3/4 inch (dime size) or larger, or tornadoes.
Flooding: Flash flooding refers to rapid flooding after or during a heavy rainfall or dam break event. Flash flooding can occur in any low lying or poor drainage area, as well as in small rivers and streams.
River flood is prolonged flooding due to rivers overflowing their banks.
Non-Precipitation: The category includes excessive winds and reduced visibility due to fog.
Winter Weather: The National Weather Service issues a Winter Storm Warning for 3 inches of snow in 12 hours or 2 inches of snow with any amount of measurable freezing rain (ice) accumulation in 12 hours. Also, winter storm or ice storm warnings are issued for freezing rain (ice) and/or sleet accumulations around one-quarter inch. Winter weather Advisories are issued for amounts low than these values.
Wildfire Danger: Extreme Danger refers to dangerous fire conditions that require a Red Flag warning or Fire Weather Watch. High Danger refers to fuel and weather conditions that cause burning bans over a widespread area.
Temperature Extremes: Dangerous temperature extremes that require specific action to avoid personal injury.
|Days Two Through Seven Outlook|
|The Days Two Through Seven outlook will be more general than the Day One outlook and will be valid the next day from 6 am until midnight Day 7. A list of seven potential weather hazards. The weather hazards are listed in order of importance. If more than one hazard is expected in a county the most important weather hazard is plotted. The text product will include complete information|