The New Alerts System

Kuwait meteorological department would like to announce that new alerts system has been developed. The new alerts system will be in two stages described in details below. The new alerts system will also provides additional information such as severity, certainty and urgency which is based on CAP or 'Common Alerting Protocol' with new icons for each common weather event in Kuwait.

  • Stage One - Weather Watch

  • The weather watches alerts viewers that conditions are favorable for the development of severe weather. The issue time will be up to 24 hours before expected events.

  • Stage Two - Weather Warning

  • A weather warning means that severe weather is occurring, imminent, or likely in the location indicated and is a threat to life and property. The issue time will be up to 6 hours before severe weather events.


Dust

Thunderstorm & Dust

Fog

Wind

Light Rain

Heavy Rain

Thunderstorm

Frost

High Wave

General Alert
Red icons indicates a warning while yellow icons indicates a weather watch
    Common Alerts Protocol Definitions
  • Urgency: The code denoting the urgency of the subject event of the alert message

    • Immediate
      Responsive action SHOULD be taken immediately.
      Expected
      Responsive action SHOULD be taken soon (within next hour).
      Future
      Responsive action SHOULD be taken in the near future.

  • Severity: The code denoting the severity of the subject event of the alert message

    • Extreme
      Extraordinary threat to life or property.
      Severe
      Significant threat to life or property.
      Moderate
      Possible threat to life or property.

  • Certainty: The code denoting the certainty of the subject event of the alert message

    • Observed
      Determined to have occurred or to be ongoing.
      Likely
      Likely (probability greater than 50%).
      Possible
      Possible but not likely (probability less than/equal to 50%).
      Unlikely
      Not expected to occur (probability equals to 0%).