Ask Storm Team 11: Understanding severe weather risks

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Monday’s Ask Storm Team 11 question: What do the different severe risk categories mean?

The Storm Prediction Center has specific categories when it comes to describing the risk of severe thunderstorms:

Marginal – Isolated severe storms are possible. They are usually limited in coverage and/or intensity.
Slight – Scattered severe storms are possible. They are usually short-lived and/or not widespread.
Enhanced – Numerous severe storms are possible. They can be more persistent and widespread. A few of them be extra intense.
Moderate – Widespread severe storms likely. They can be long-lived, widespread and intense.
High – Widespread severe storms expected. They can be long-lived, very widespread and intense. 

It’s important to listen to the messaging of a forecast when there’s a risk of severe weather.

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