Extreme Weather

National Weather Service


Tornado Warning: Issued when a tornado is indicated by radar or sighted by spotters.

Tornado Watch: Issued when conditions are favorable for the development of tornadoes in and close to the watch area.


Severe Thunderstorm Warning: Issued when a thunderstorm is producing hail 1 inch or larger and winds 58 mph or greater.

Severe Thunderstorm Watch: Conditions are favorable for the development of severe thunderstorms in and close to the watch area.

Other Extreme Weather Examples

  • Blizzards
  • Ice storms
  • Wind chill
  • Winter storm
  • Freezing rain
  • Hurricanes
  • Floods

This preparedness guide for students, faculty, staff and visitors has been provided to you by SUNY Oneonta. We encourage you to familiarize yourself with how SUNY Oneonta plans for emergencies, and to improve your understanding of emergency preparedness and response. This guide is based on presently available information, as well as current federal- and state-recommended protective actions. In every situation, common sense and awareness of personal safety should take precedence over any action described in this guide.

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