Understanding the Storm Prediction Center Outlook

There has been a change in the way the Storm Prediction Center now classifies storms click on the button to see the difference between the old and new.

To help you understand these new categories, click on the  this link.    

As a further guide here are the SPC's Outlook Probability to Categorically Description Tables.  

All of this information can be found on the http://www.spc.noaa.gov website. I strongly suggest you do further reading and regularly check the page for update. I also encourage you to check the Storm Prediction Center Outlooks on a daily basis, click on any day that shows a risk for the area, and read the accompanying text. It will give you a heads up on any upcoming weather. Also check into http://www.weather.gov/pah/ every day to see what the weather will be for our area.  Remember though, these are only tools that are available to help you. A better understanding of our weather can only be learned by studying more about this phenomenon we call weather.  

When weather threatens make sure you log into http://www.weather.gov/pah/ for the latest update. If you have a Smart Phone there are a number of apps you can use to look at the radar if you are away from your computer . I use RadarScope but what you chose to use is up to you.