Do You Know The Difference Between A Tornado Warning And A Watch?
When it comes to weather alerts, it can be confusing to distinguish between storm warnings and watches.
As a parent, it can be especially challenging to explain these concepts to curious children.
Fortunately, the Normal Fire Department in Illinois has come up with a clever way to explain the difference between a warning and a watch using a beloved food item: tacos.
Use Tacos To Explain Tornado Watch/Warning
According to the Normal, Illinois Fire Department, a "watch" means that the ingredients for tacos are available, while a "warning" means that tacos are already being served.
This simple analogy can be applied to any multi-ingredient food, such as pizza, lasagna, chili, omelets, ice cream with toppings, or even a fancy coffee drink.
Watch : We have the ingredients to make tacos.
Warning : We are having tacos. Right now.
By using a relatable example like tacos, it becomes easier to remember the difference between a warning and a watch. This can be particularly helpful for those living in areas prone to severe weather conditions like Illinois or Wisconsin, where storms and tornadoes can occur unexpectedly.
OTHER FOODS TO USE
Some other multi-ingredient food that could be used to explain "watch vs. warnings."
- Ice cream w/toppings
- A fancy coffee drink
If you're a longtime Illinois or Wisconsin resident you know severe storms and tornadoes can happen when you least expect it. Hopefully, the taco comparison will help us all remember the difference between a watch and a warning.