Once the event begins, the meteorologist assigned to issue warnings will use the Doppler Radar to look for the signs of a severe weather event. This is a challenging job as he/she must watch several different weather phenomena for many counties. The different phenomena may be, watching for the beginning of a tornado, or checking how much rain has fallen on an area. Because severe weather tends to be changeable, quick reactions are often needed.
As soon as severe weather is indicated by the radar operator a warning will be typed by another person assigned to typing. The typist will work on our Warning Generation Program called SRWARN. This program allows the typist to pick and choose with ease the county and the time the warning is for.
Descriptions and criteria for short term warnings are shown here. What to do during a severe weather event can be found in our weather safety guide.