Starting next week, the National Weather Service will begin using more specific lingo to alert residents to the severity and potential impacts from thunderstorms — similar to tornado and flash-flood warnings.
Why it matters: 13 of the 22 billion-dollar weather and climate events in the U.S. last year were severe thunderstorms.
What to expect:
- Destructive: Baseball-sized hail and/or 80mph winds; will activate cell-phone alerts.
- Considerable: Golf-ball-sized hail and/or 70mph winds; no cell-phone alert.
- Baseline: Quarter-sized hail and/or 50mph winds; no threat tag means the storm is expected to be at or below base level.
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