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e:mail severe weather reports and snowfall measurements to:
ctp.stormreports@noaa.gov

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LATEST REPORTS / SUMMARIES:


Please Report:

We ask our SkyWarn™ Spotters to contact our office when they experience any of the events listed below.

Cold-Season (Winter) criteria:

  • Snowfall
    • When (new) snow accumulation reaches 3 inches
    • When (new) snow accumulation reaches 6 inches
    • Give a final report/total at the end of the storm (water equivalent if possible)
    • 1 inch per hour or greater accumulation rates
  • Ice
    • Any occurrance, or accumulation, of freezing rain
    • Accumulation of 1/4" or more of ice on trees/wires
  • General Winter Reports
    • When forecast winter precipitation differs significantly from observed (i.e. snowing with no snow in forecast, sleet...when only snow is forecast...)
    • Any other significant weather occurrence/oddity (i.e. flooding due to snow melt/ice jam, damage from strong winds not associated with a thunderstorm)

Warm-season (Thunderstorms) criteria:

  • Tornadoes or funnel clouds (be very wary of look-alikes; watch for rotation)
  • Wall clouds, especially if they are rotating
  • Hail (Please be specific with regard to size)
    Other sizes/descriptions to use for hail:
    
    * Pea 0.25 inch
    
    * Penny 0.75 inch
    
    * Nickel 0.88 inch
    
    * Quarter 1.00 inch (15/16")
    
    * Half dollar 1.25 inch
    
    * Walnut/Ping Pong 1.50 inch
    
    * Golf ball 1.75 inch
    
    * Lime 2.00 inches
    
    * Tennis Ball 2.50 inches
    
    * Baseball 2.75 inches
    
    * Large Apple 3.00 inches
    
    * Softball 4.00 inches
    
    * Grapefruit 4.50 inches
    
    • Quarter-Size (1") and larger is severe!
  • Wind Gusts (40 mph or greater; specify whether estimated or recorded)
    • large branches downed (specify diameter of branch)
    • Trees/power lines downed
    • Structural damage to buildings (roof, windows, etc.)
  • Rainfall
    • 1 inch or greater in an hour (NOT a 1"/hr. rate for 10 minutes)
    • 2 inches or greater storm total
  • Flooding
    • Streams/Rivers -- also, when nearing bankfull
    • Street (when more than the usual poor drainage puddles)

 

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