Baron Critical Weather App - FAQ

What can I do with the Baron Critical Weather app?

We designed Critical Weather as an everyday tool, so you can use it to check current conditions, daily forecasts, and a radar map. When inclement weather approaches your location or any of several custom locations (e.g., home or kids’ school), you can receive a Baron Safety Net notification on your phone, alerting you to the danger.

 

What weather events will trigger a Baron Safety Net alert?

You can choose to receive notifications for any of the following instances. With the exception of Emergency Management alerts, all these are optional.

Baron location-specific alerts:

  • Approaching rain, hail, snow or wintry mix
  • Dangerous storm approaching (when a storm capable of producing hail, damaging winds and/or flooding rains is approaching one or more of your alert locations)
  • Twisting storm approaching (when a storm containing potential tornadoes is approaching one or more of your alert locations)
  • Lightning in area
  • Storms in area

Many Baron alerts are accompanied by a Baron Tornado Index (BTI) ranking. The higher the ranking, the greater the likelihood that a tornado will develop with the associated storm.

From the National Weather Service:

  • Tornado watches and warnings
  • Severe Thunderstorm watches and warnings
  • Hurricane and Tropical Storm watches and warnings
  • Flash flood and flood warnings
  • Winter weather watches, warnings and advisories
  • Wind alerts
  • Fog Alerts
  • Hard Freeze alerts
  • Heat alerts
  • Marine alerts
  • Messages from trained personnel (custom messages containing alert or safety information from local participating Emergency Management officials)

 

Can I choose the alert types I want to receive?

Yes. While in the Baron Critical Weather app, tap the icon at the top-left, and select “Safety Net Alerts” from the menu. Here, you can view notifications, set up your locations, and manage your alert preferences.

 

What is the difference between National Weather Service watches and warnings? Which is worse?

A watch means that severe weather is possible during the next few hours, while a warning means that severe weather has been observed, or is expected soon. Because a warning is based on observed weather, it should be considered more urgent than a watch.

 

I heard sirens. Why didn’t I get an alert?

Tornado sirens are operated by Emergency Management offices in your county, and are sounded based on National Weather Service storm-based warnings. In many areas, sirens are sounded county-wide, even though a relatively small portion of the population is truly under a warning. You will receive a storm-based Tornado Warning message only if your alert location is within the warning polygon.