SPC has posted an infographic concerning the meaning of their five-tier system for communicating storm risk in their outlooks. Our terminology matches SPC and our usage is generally identical. However, the areas we serve are different, which can lead to occasional discrepancies.
From @USTornadoes via Twitter: “The strength of the cap can be the difference between blue skies and a mile-wide wedge.”
Outlook, watch, warning….does all that confuse you? This webinar from the Storm Prediction Center will sort it out.