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Severe Weather Warnings: From Storms To You

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With Spring and Summer approaching, we inevitably with some of that severe weather.  Now, when those watches and warnings get issued, where do they start?  How do they get to you, the public?  Well, the first stop is at the National Weather Service.

The Weather Service in Great Falls is the epicenter for storm info in Central Montana, though they don't wait until the rain starts falling.

"The process actually starts several days in advance and the Storm Prediction Center in Norman, Oklahoma is monitoring the possible conditions for Severe Thunderstorms," said Zach Uttech, a NWS Meteorologist.

Once the watches are issued from the SPC, the local office then takes control while watching the storms develop.

"And from that, we can issue a Severe Thunderstorm Warnings or even Tornado Warnings, so we do that locally," said Uttech.

When the skies get dark, it's not a normal day at the office.

"In the midst of a severe weather event in the office, it's a fairly high paced, high stress environment.  We may need additional staffing on that day and we'll definitely dedicate one or two people to just solely look at radar data and be issuing the warnings and updating the warnings," said Uttech.

Once those watches and warnings are issued, our Weather Authority Team gets that information to you on air in the most helpful and easy to understand way.

"We're well aware of what days there will or could be severe weather and we're on the air right away with that whether it be a severe thunderstorm or tornadoes themselves or any other type of severe weather.  We get them right away, and boom, we're right on the air with it for you," said Chief Meteorologist Ted King.

And it's not just here on your TV screen.  There's a wide variety of places to find that vital information.

"Because severe weather can strike at any time of day, we like to use social media to post about the latest watches and warnings to stay connected even when we're not on air," said Meteorologist Adam Koslen.

So find us on Facebook, Twitter or our website at for all the weather information you need during severe weather season.
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