Spotters: Please use the 800 number printed
on your Skywarn™ Spotter ID card
This is the BEST/MOST RELIABLE
OPTION -- calling us directly allows us to ask you questions.
Both e:Spotter and the automated phone system were set up to enable Severe Weather Reporting
for NWS Spotters, and the general public. Your severe weather reports reach forecasters in real time
and, after quality control, may be included in a Local Storm Report (LSR) product.
Information included in Local Storm Reports is also plotted on a map in real time along with Severe
Thunderstorm and Tornado Warning polygons.
Click on this map to see the latest severe weather and snowfall reports during the past
72 hours. (click image for Google Map detail)
We ask our SkyWarn™ Spotters to contact our office when they experience any of the
events listed below.
Cold-Season (Winter) criteria:
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
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: