Rare ‘High Risk’ day issued for Oklahoma and Texas, bracing for severe weather

Posted: 10:44 AM, May 20, 2019
Updated: 2019-05-20 12:53:11-04

The Storm Prediction Center issues daily outlooks for severe weather threats across the country.

The Treasure State has had quite a few days under non-severe thunderstorm outlooks this year with only a few parts of the state under a higher risk for severe weather.

Outlooks are issued on a scale where ‘non-severe thunderstorms’ is an area not likely to see significant severe weather and the highest likelihood of seeing severe weather is under the ‘high risk’ outlook.

SPC outlook scale from non-severe to high risk

Very rarely is there a ‘high risk’ outlook issued by the SPC.

In fact, the last time an area was issued a convective outlook under the ‘high risk’ category was 2 years ago in May of 2017.

That is… until today.

A ‘high risk’ outlook has been issued for parts of northern Texas and much of central and southern Oklahoma.

The risk for violent tornadoes, damaging winds, and large hail extremely elevated in this area today.