Behind the scenes: National Weather Service

Posted at 6:17 PM, Jan 22, 2016
and last updated 2016-01-25 10:46:51-05

In a matter of minutes, the weather can quickly change.

The National Weather Service tracks it around the clock, following the latest storms overnight and into the afternoon.

“We are expecting this band of thunderstorms to move through the area,” said Charles Paxton. “You hear thunder in the distance; that's it.”

Friday, five meteorologists are working to give us life-saving updates.

“A lot of looking at screens,” said Paxton.

But those monitors show them rain moving through the area, lightning strikes and possible waterspouts.

“We are expecting some rough seas as the winds increase later today,” said Paxton.

Before it happens, you get the information.

After spending two hours at NWS, they issued more than a dozen warnings and high wind reports.

Another 10 minutes, and it’s over for most of the area.

Now, these guys are headed home. The next crew is on to watch the cold temperatures and gusty winds expected this weekend.