Severe Weather Events


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Severe Weather Events Category Subscriptions

Our API provides standardized severe weather events from many sources that can be compiled for "situational awareness", allowing managers to monitor the whole picture across all types of local, regional, and national alerts.

In addition to subscribing to any of the Severe Weather Events below, you can create Custom Insight conditions based on any of the data points listed in subscribed Data Layers, such that an event will trigger whenever they are met.

Severe Weather Events CategoryRegion Availability
AirUnited States, Canada
FiresUnited States, Canada
WindUnited States, Canada
WindUnited States, Canada
WinterUnited States, Canada
ThunderstormsUnited States, Canada
FloodsUnited States, Canada
TemperatureUnited States, Canada
TropicalUnited States, Canada
MarineUnited States, Canada
FogUnited States, Canada
TornadoUnited States, Canada

Accessing Severe Weather Events

Quickly access Severe Weather Events using our Events API and get prepared before a Severe Weather Event happens.

Event Title

Various weather conditions have different levels of risk. Therefore, the title of our predefined categories use the common multi-tier system mentioned below. It is highly recommended to follow this standard as well when defining your custom insights.

These are the common level, in increasing order:

OutlookIssued daily to indicate that a hazardous event may occur in the next seven days and is intended to provide information to those who need considerable lead time to prepare for the event.
AdvisoryIssued when a hazardous event is occurring, imminent, or likely (generally greater than 80% probability of occurrence), of a "less serious" nature such that may cause significant inconvenience, and if caution is not exercised could threaten life or property.
EmergencyIssued when an event that by itself cannot pose a threat to life or property, but may indirectly cause other events to happen that may pose a threat to life or property.
WatchIssued when the risk of a hazardous event has increased significantly, (50 to 80% certainty that warning thresholds will be met) but its occurrence, location, or timing is still uncertain and is intended to provide enough lead time to set plans in motion can do so.
WarningIssued when a hazardous event is occurring, imminent, or likely (generally greater than 80% probability of occurrence), thereby posing a threat to life or property.
StatementIssued as a follow-up message to a warning, watch, or emergency, that may update, extend, or cancel the message it is following up or a notification of significant weather for which no type of advisory, watch, or warning exists.

Event Description

Usually, when reporting a weather event the following are expected to be described:

  • WHAT is going to happen?
  • WHERE will it take place?
  • WHEN will it occur?
  • IMPACTS that can be expected?
  • ACTIONS precautionary or in preparedness needed?

It is common and recommended to note each with a preceding asterisk and three periods affixed, such as * WHAT..., for improved readability.

Below is an example of a weather announcement description, as reported by the NWS:

* WHAT...For the High Surf Warning, dangerously large breakingwaves of 10 to 15 feet expected in the surf zone. For the HighRip Current Risk, dangerous rip currents expected.* WHERE...In Alabama, Mobile Coastal and Baldwin CoastalCounties. In Florida, Escambia Coastal and Santa Rosa CoastalCounties.* WHEN...For the High Surf Warning, from 6 AM Wednesday to 6 PMCDT Thursday. For the High Rip Current Risk, through Thursdayafternoon.* IMPACTS...Breaking waves can sweep people off jetties anddocks, and into dangerous seas. Life-threatening swimmingconditions and significant beach erosion can be expected. Ripcurrents can sweep even the best swimmers away from shore intodeeper water.

Event Severity

The code denoting the intensity of impact:

extremeExtraordinary threat to life or property
severeSignificant threat to life or property
moderatePossible threat to life or property
minorMinimal to no known threat to life or property
unknownSeverity unknown

Event Urgency

The code denoting the time available to prepare:

immediateResponsive action SHOULD be taken immediately
expectedResponsive action SHOULD be taken soon (within next hour)
futureResponsive action SHOULD be taken in the near future
pastResponsive action is no longer required
unknownUrgency not known

Event Certainty

The code denoting the confidence in the observation or prediction:

observedDetermined to have occurred or to be ongoing
likelyLikely (p > ~50%)
possiblePossible but not likely (p <= ~50%)
unlikelyNot expected to occur (p ~ 0)
unknownCertainty unknown

Event Response

An action code denoting the appropriate handling:

ShelterTake shelter in place or as instructed
EvacuateRelocate as instructed
PrepareMake preparations as instructed
ExecuteExecute a pre-planned activity as instructed
AvoidAvoid the subject event as instructed
MonitorAttend to information sources as instructed
AssessEvaluate the information in this message
All ClearThe subject event no longer poses a threat or concern, follow-up as instructed
NoneNo action recommended

Event Instruction

A text details the extended human-readable instructions, for example: "Slow down and use caution while traveling. The latest road conditions for the state you are calling from can be obtained by calling 5 1 1."

Event Geocodes and Locations

geocodes is an array of geographically-based strings that describe the event target area, as mentioned in the geocodeType attribute, whereas location is a GeoJSON Geometry representing the entire coverage area (can be a Point, Polygon or MultiPolygon).