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These Illustrations provided by NOAA's Storm Prediction Center Thursday Jan. 16, 2014 show how the marginal and enhanced risks would have been used had they been in place in for major outbreaks in 2011, plus other stormy days in 2012 and 2013. When significant severe weather is forecast, the current rating system labels days as having a slight, moderate or high risk, based on the chance of tornadoes, high winds or significant hail. Sometime this spring _ after National Weather Service administrators in the Washington area weigh in, likely in April _ areas at the upper end of the current "slight risk" will be said to have an "enhanced risk." There also would be a "marginal" category for risks less than slight. (AP Photo/NOAA, Kelly P. Kissel/)