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Storm Mode: What it means for your family

March 07, 2013|by Lindsey Slater, KSPR Weather | lslater@kspr.com

We're starting something new in the KSPR Weather Center for this upcoming storm season.  It's going to not only benefit us the meteorologists, but also you.

Storm Mode is basically a severe weather indicator just for the Ozarks. It rates how bad a day could be.

It starts with Threat Track. We'll highlight areas that have the potential for strong storms ahead of the weather system. When the weather gets here, we are in full Storm Mode.

For example, if we're calling for general thunderstorms with some gusty winds, that would be Storm Mode 1 - a minimal risk of severe storms.

On the other end of the spectrum, we could be calling for an all-out severe weather outbreak. That day would be Storm Mode 5 -- extreme risk of severe storms.

This helps you prepare for severe weather, not only while its happening, but days in advance. And as we know in the ozarks, the weather is changing all the time.

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