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Amber warning/alert - what does it mean to you?

Discussion in 'Personal' started by sabrinakat, Nov 11, 2015.


What's does it mean to you?

Poll closed Nov 18, 2015.
  1. a new weather system to indicate the level of an approaching storm

    8 vote(s)
  2. The American alert for a missing child

    0 vote(s)
  3. huh?

    4 vote(s)
  1. sabrinakat

    sabrinakat Star commenter

    Just curious -

    I just heard that the Met Office has a new system of announcing the intensity of storms, to include an amber warning, but that instantly reminds me of the warning given to news media when a child is kidnapped in the USA (I am American, but have lived over here for 20+ years) -- what is your reaction?
  2. RedQuilt

    RedQuilt Star commenter

    The system of yellow, amber and red alerts has been used for a while by the Met Office so I haven't been thinking of it as new.
    It's never crossed my mind about the child alert system.
    anotherauntsally likes this.
  3. Mangleworzle

    Mangleworzle Star commenter

    At least it's not a Yellow Snow alert, they're proper scary.
    lexus300, RedQuilt, kibosh and 3 others like this.
  4. cissy3

    cissy3 Star commenter

    Years ago, when I worked in prison ed, there were a series of alerts re terrorism etc. In those days it was more likely to be IRA threats.

    I knew about the American amber alert, mainly due to watching too many crime programmes on tv!
  5. jacob

    jacob Lead commenter

    DEFCON 6
  6. lanokia

    lanokia Star commenter

    Means someone is about to unleash dinosaurs!!!!

    Jurassic Park reference.
    kibosh likes this.
  7. lanokia

    lanokia Star commenter

    I voted 'huh?' because of a lack of dinosaurs.
    lexus300 and kibosh like this.
  8. Lascarina

    Lascarina Star commenter

    It means there might be a bit of a wind or a centimetre or two of rain. It's one up from yellow. The met office put these warnings out at the drop of a hat or a leaf ever since Michael Fish boobed over the terrible hurricane of 1987.
    InkyP, RedQuilt and kibosh like this.
  9. InkyP

    InkyP Star commenter

    The BBC weather app on my phone frequently shows a weather warning on a perfectly normal day.
  10. grumpydogwoman

    grumpydogwoman Star commenter

    I log on to the Met Office most days. Not news to me.

    upload_2015-11-11_16-53-29.png Ullapool. Tomorrow.
  11. jacob

    jacob Lead commenter

    Have you actually been to Ullapool? I remember some Scottish kid getting out of a car there and saying "Coo! Whit a dump!"

    (It wasnae me.)
  12. grumpydogwoman

    grumpydogwoman Star commenter

    Nae. I have nae bin ta Ullapool. I just chose it rather than giving the game away by using a graphic from where I live!!!
  13. cally1980

    cally1980 Established commenter

    I think of the terrorism threat indicator. Probably because I live in London and not on a flood plain so don't really think of the weather.
  14. magic surf bus

    magic surf bus Star commenter

    Amber warning? I worry that I might get stuck in a huge blob of sticky pine tree residue that fossilizes over millions of years then ends up in someone's necklace. Scary.
    InkyP, kibosh and grumpydogwoman like this.
  15. lexus300

    lexus300 Star commenter

  16. grumpydogwoman

    grumpydogwoman Star commenter

    Call yourselves British, do you? Don't check the forecast daily as a matter of course???

    Revoke their citizenship!
    ScotSEN likes this.

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