The Difference Between a Flood Watch, Warning, and Advisory
Spring is a glorious time in south-central Montana. Clear days and warmer
temperatures are a welcome change following a chilly winter. But one
unpleasant result of the sunny days is rapid snowmelt, causing water to
run off already saturated ground and ushering in the peak flood season in
the Billings area.
Although spring is when most regional flooding occurs, that doesn’t mean
flooding isn’t a year-round concern. A damaging deluge can occur anytime,
causing major destruction to your business or home.
A sudden rush of water can wreck buildings, move boulders, rip trees out
of the ground, and wash out bridges. Standing flood waters also often
contain dangerous chemicals and spread infectious diseases.
So when the weather forecasters mention floods, how do you know what to
expect? It can get very confusing to decode the different terms. What is a
flood watch versus a flood warning or advisory? And how does a flash flood
differ? Read on for some clarification!