How to Find Severe Weather Alerts in the Google News App

You’ll typically know when bad weather is headed your way, whether you’ve looked out the sky to see that ominous gray/green tint of a summer thunderstorm, you have a fancy Dark Sky-like app that alerts you when meteorological disaster is approaching, or you’ve been reading the news—the Google News, that is.

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It’s always been easy to find the weather in Google News, whether you’re using the app or the website. I mean, you really can’t miss it:

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But in an attempt to help keep you a little safer during the thundery summer months, the joys of hurricane season and the wintery cold that lingers on the horizon, Google has now dropped a severe weather indicator into the Google News app.

The best part? You don’t need to do any additional “checking” beyond simply using Google News. If there’s severe weather in your area—or headed for it—you’ll get a little warning that looks like this:

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Thanks, in advance, to the weather gods for granting California a gigantic heatwave so I can show you this feature. Ugh. Tap the “Alert” icon, and you’ll get a better description of the weather situation you’re facing:

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You can then tap through to see the alert on whatever entity that is responsible for it—the National Weather Service, in this case—where you’ll get even more information about the calamity that awaits you.

If you don’t see this severe weather alert, here’s the good news: You’re having a beautiful day, or at least one that’s reasonably annoying, muggy or wet, rather than cataclysmic. If you disagree, or you feel your personal version of a spider sense is tingling for a bad storm, make sure you’re running the most up-to-date version of Google News from the App Store or Google Play Store. That should be all you need to do to unlock these new alerts, if any are available for your area.

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