News Release

News and Public Information Office
Glos Center
Miami University
Oxford, Ohio 45056
(513) 529-7592
(513) 529-1950 fax

Tornado and severe-weather season


Severe weather can strike at any time, but in southwestern Ohio, the months of April through July see the most severe thunderstorms. Tornadoes are also possible.

It’s important to know the difference in these weather alerts:

Tornado Watch
A Tornado Watch is issued to alert people to the possibility of a tornado developing in your area. At this point, a tornado has not been seen but the conditions are very favorable for tornadoes to occur at any moment.

Things to do when a Tornado Watch is issued:
• Keep alert and watch for changing weather conditions
• Listen to your local news reports & weather updates
• Review your family or business emergency preparedness plan
• Review your disaster kit
• Be ready to seek shelter at a moments notice

What to watch for during a Tornado Watch:
• Dark greenish or orange-gray skies
• Large hail
• Large, dark, low-lying, rotating or funnel-shaped clouds
• A loud roar that is similar to a freight train

Tornado Warning
A Tornado Warning is issued when a tornado has actually been sighted or has been picked up on radar in your area. This means that you need to take shelter.

Be aware of Miami’s Emergency Preparedness procedures for severe weather.

If a tornado or severe thunderstorm poses an imminent threat to one of Miami's campuses, an emergency text message and e-mail alert will be issued.


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