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Severe Thunderstorm Warning LIFTED

The severe thunderstorm warning for Stratford, Waitomo and New Plymouth has been lifted.


Guest on 3/10/2011 10:09pm

I am a bit confused over the Severe Thunderstorm Warnings that are noted by WeatherWatch.  At no point in the last few days has MetService issued a Severe Thunderstorm Warning – yesterday they had a Severe Thunderstorm WATCH in place.  My understanding is that there are very different criteria when each is issued. Subsidiary agencies that use MetService advice (such as WeatherWatch) need to ensure that they are using the correct terminology.  In my opinion, this is an issue of “public safety” in itself.  Forgive me if I am out of line and WeatherWatch have their own classifications; if this is the case I would appreciate some guidance or definition around what criteria you use between Warnings and Watches.



WW Forecast Team on 3/10/2011 11:54pm

Hi there.  Last night MetService issued 3 Severe Thunderstorm Warnings for Taranaki between 8pm and 11pm.  Absolutely agree with you about the terminolgy being a public safety issue – and you’ll find never uses the word “Warning” if it’s just a watch.  But we can confirm they did have warnings issued last night.



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