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Summer Storms

Summer is a great time to relax and enjoy the great outdoors, but it also comes with the potential for severe summer weather. When stormy weather is approaching, a system of statements, advisories, watches, and warnings helps warn Canadians to stay safe. But do you know exactly what the different alerts mean?
  • SPECIAL WEATHER STATEMENTS are the least urgent type of alert and are issued to let people know that conditions are unusual and could cause concern.                        
  • ADVISORIES are issued for specific weather events (like blowing snow, fog, freezing drizzle and frost) that are less severe, but could still have a significant impact.
  • WATCHES alert you about weather conditions that are favourable for a storm or severe weather, which could cause safety concerns.
  • As certainty increases about the path and strength of a storm system, a watch may be upgraded to a WARNING, which is an urgent message that severe weather is either occurring or will occur. Warnings are usually issued six to 24 hours in advance, although some severe weather (such as thunderstorms and tornadoes) can occur rapidly, with less than a half hours’ notice.
These public alert bulletins are issued through the media, as well as through the Government of Canada's Weatheradio service and website. To learn about any current warnings, watches, and statements, weather summaries, or lightning risk, click here.

Source: https://weather.gc.ca/mainmenu/alert_menu_e.html
Check out our Summer Storms blog post for more info, and to view a gallery of incredible summer storm photos by local photographer Mark Duffy!

From everyone at Harvard Western Insurance, have a safe and sunny summer!