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Storm reports from our storm spotters and the public are critical during severe weather and winter storms. If you live in north-central or northeast Wisconsin, here's how you can help!
 

What to Report
 

Cool Season - More Tips
Snow
During an event: Snowfall, 2" or more to the nearest tenth of an inch. Periodic updates are a plus.

After the snow stops: Snowfall total to the nearest tenth of an inch.
Click here for more snow measuring tips.
Snowflake
Freezing Rain
During an event: First sign of ice/glaze on surfaces.

After the freezing rain stops: Total ice accumulation to nearest tenth of an inch.
Freezing rain

Severe Blowing/Drifting
 

White-Out Conditions

Drift

 

Warm Season - More Tips
Tornadoes
Violently rotating column of air in contact with ground.

Funnel Coud
Rotating cloud not in contact with ground.
Tornado
Large Hail
Hail 1/2" in diameter or larger.

Use ruler and report to nearest 1/4" or compare to object of known size (like coins).
Hail
Damaging Winds
Report winds 50 mph or greater (tell us if estimated or measured). Describe damage. 
Damaging wind
Flooding
How deep is the water? Is the water moving?
Flood

 

How to Report
 

Trained spotters should call our office using the toll-free phone number

The public can send reports several ways:

When reporting, please include the time of the event, your location (including county), and what you saw or measured.

If you have pictures, attach them to an email or send them to us via Facebook or Twitter.