What is the severe weather outlook?

Sample graphic of a Severe Weather Outlook (Source: WGCL)

The Severe Weather Outlook gives you an idea of where severe thunderstorms are expected to occur.

The outlook is provided three days out and is automatically updated at CBS46.com and our weather app. Click here for the outlook.

What does it mean?

The Severe Weather Outlook is provided by the Storm Prediction Center in Norman, Oklahoma. They provide five categories in the outlook to give you a better idea of what to expect: Isolated (Marginal Risk) Expect isolated severe thunderstorms if you're in this area. This is the lowest category issued and generally means that a few severe thunderstorms are possible, but low in coverage. Scattered (Slight Risk) Expect scattered severe thunderstorms if you're in this area. Numerous (Enhanced Risk) Expect numerous severe thunderstorms if you're in this area. Widespread (Moderate Risk) Expect widespread severe thunderstorms in you're area. You should pay extra attention to the weather in your area. Outbreak (High Risk) This indicates a severe weather outbreak and you should pay extra attention to the weather in your area. This is also the highest category issued and is rare.What is a severe thunderstorm?

A thunderstorm is considered severe once winds in the storm reach 58 mph or it produces hail of at least an inch in diameter, which is quarter-sized hail. Once storms start producing these conditions, the storm is capable of producing damage, which is why it's considered severe. When a storm is considered severe, a severe thunderstorm warning is issued.

If a funnel cloud or tornado is spotted, or if a tornado is detected by radar, a tornado warning will be issued.

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