When it comes to weather alerts, it can be confusing to distinguish between storm warnings and watches. As a parent, it can be especially challenging to explain these concepts to curious children.

Fortunately, the Normal Fire Department in Illinois has come up with a clever way to explain the difference between a warning and a watch using a beloved food item: tacos.

Use Tacos To Explain Tornado Watch/Warning

According to the Normal Fire Department, a "watch" means that the ingredients for tacos are available, while a "warning" means that tacos are already being served. This simple analogy can be applied to any multi-ingredient food, such as pizza, lasagna, chili, omelets, ice cream with toppings, or even a fancy coffee drink.

Watch : We have the ingredients to make tacos.
Warning : We are having tacos. Right now.

 

By using a relatable example like tacos, it becomes easier to remember the difference between a warning and a watch. This can be particularly helpful for those living in areas prone to severe weather conditions like Illinois or Wisconsin, where storms and tornadoes can occur unexpectedly.

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OTHER FOODS TO USE

Some other multi-ingredient food that could be used to explain "watch vs. warnings."

  • Pizza
  • Lasagna
  • Chili
  • Omelets
  • Ice cream w/toppings
  • A fancy coffee drink

If you're a longtime Illinois or Wisconsin resident you know severe storms and tornadoes can happen when you least expect it. Hopefully, the taco comparison will help us all remember the difference between a watch and a warning.

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