Advisory, Watch, Warning: Know Your Weather Alerts

Advisory, Watch, Warning: Know Your Weather Alerts Click to Enlarge

DETROIT LAKES, MN--Spring brings a heightened awareness of more adverse weather events in Minnesota and this week April 8th-12th has been designated Severe Weather Awareness Week in Minnesota.

Today, Monday, the focus is Weather alerts and warnings.

Becker County Emergency Manager Craig Fontaine explains the degrees of alerts you may hear when adverse weather is forecast. He says you typically hear of a weather "advisory" which is the least severe of the alerts. He says the second level is a "watch" which means conditions are ripe for severe weather to occur. The most severe alert is a "warning" which means the weather event, a tornado, thunderstorm or flood, is occurring now and you are to take action, seek shelter, immediately.

Fontaine says Becker County has utilized the Code Red alert system since 2012 which sends weather alerts via email, phone call or text message to individuals who are signed up. If you haven't already signed up to receive Code Red weather alerts you may do so on the Becker County website.

Tuesday's severe weather awareness topic is Thunder Storms; Wednesday is Floods; Thursday is Tornado warnings; Friday, extreme heat.

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