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As the season for storms rapidly approaches, it seems like a good time to clarify the terms for different warnings. Just what is an advisory, watch, or warning? Which is more severe and requires immediate action, and which requires a person to pay a little more attention to the weather?

Everyone has heard these terms, but not every word is applied to every type of weather. There are no fire weather advisories; just watches and warnings. Some advisories, watches, and warnings vary by location.

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