What is "StormCon"?

Is StormCon like DefCon? or maybe Tor:Con?

Okay, so it's not an original idea.

You've probably seen The Weather Channel's "TOR:CON" index that Dr. Greg Forbes uses to spotlight the tornado threat in a particular area of the country on a given day.  Well, WBKO's Exclusive StormCondition (StormCon) Index is similar in that it gives you, the viewer a better way to understand the severe weather threat in South Central Kentucky.

Hey, a good idea is a good idea!

What makes StormCon different from that of Dr. Forbes' TOR:CON is that our index deals with the overall threat of severe weather and not just tornadoes.  Whether it be thunderstorms with damaging winds, large hail, intense lightning, flash flooding or even a severe Winter weather situation involving ice or snow, StormCon will be activated any time storms threaten.

Our StormCondition Index is based on a simple scale of 1 to 10 with 10 being the highest threat of severe weather...1 the lowest.  We're always listening to your suggestions on how we can make the weather more understandable and how it applies to your daily lives.  StormCon helps us convey that message a little clearer and hopefully plan your day accordingly.

According to WBKO Weather Director Chris Allen, the StormCon Index takes the Storm Predicition Center (SPC) categorical risks (slight, moderate and high) and breaks them down into a number.  "But it's not always as simple as that" Allen said.  "Sometimes, we will use our own judgment of the forecast and combine that with a high level of situational awareness as it applies to what kind of severe weather is expected and how it will affect South Central Kentucky.  We're not like other parts of the country...we get all kinds of weather here and it changes quickly.  People have come to trust us more than any other weather source on the planet and hold us accountable to let them know if they are in any danger from severe storms.  We hold that honor in high esteem and dedicate ourselves to working toward that goal every day."

Allen goes on to say that on a typical severe weather day when NOAA's Storm Prediction Center outlines a "slight risk" area that includes any part of South Central Kentucky, the First Alert Storm Team's StormCon may show a "1, 2 or 3" index number indicating a "one-in-ten, two-in-ten or three-in-ten chance" that any storms that develop that day could produce highlighted threats such as damaging winds and large hail.  "When you start to see StormCon Index numbers of 4 or higher, then there is a more elevated threat for the possibility of tornadoes that could affect part of our area.  As the index gets closer to a 9 or a 10 then you know we're looking at what could be a rather large scale severe weather event that is likely to impact everyone and the potential threats to life and property are running high" Allen said. 

Should you have any questions about StormCon or any of the vast array of weather content available to you from WBKO, please email Chris Allen at chris.allen@wbko.com

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