Decoding the Threat Tracker & Pinpoint Weather Alert system

(WPRI) — The Pinpoint Weather Team has several tools it uses to track weather and to alert you before severe weather hits – including the Pinpoint Weather Alert System and our Threat Tracker.

The alerts are issued under two categories. A Pinpoint Weather Alert is the most common, while a Severe Weather Alert is reserved for more serious conditions.

Eyewitness News meteorologists base the alert level on the relevance for each of the four seasons. Whether it’s a snow storm or major heat wave, the Pinpoint Alert System will be activated on various digital media, including television, websites and mobile apps.

You will tend to see the non-severe Pinpoint Weather Alert more often. It’s issued to give viewers a heads up on weather that will produce significant impacts on daily activities. It can range from widespread, heavy rain that may slow down the upcoming commute, or a poor Air Quality Alert on a hot summer day.

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Some types of weather will fall under Severe Weather Alert, like strong thunderstorms, tornado, flash floods, and nor’easters.

Pinpoint Weather Alerts are supplemented with a daily color-coded chart called the Threat Tracker.

During every weathercast, a green, yellow and red coded system will appear. The graphic is brief and simple to follow.

GREEN means the weather is good, go ahead and plan your day. There’s no need to worry about any severe weather.

When the Threat Tracker is YELLOW, a Pinpoint Weather Alert is in effect. It could be heavy rain, high surf or even a poor air quality alert.

RED means severe weather that can be deadly – like powerful thunderstorms, hurricane and flood threats, or even a tornado.

Regardless of whether an alert is issued, the Threat Tracker can be found on and in each Eyewitness News newscast, so you can plan your day.

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