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Severe Storms and Flash Flooding in the Southern Plains

A slow moving storm system is expected to produce a multi-day heavy rainfall and flash flooding event across much of the Central to Southern Plains and Lower Mississippi Valley regions. Severe weather may produce large hail and high winds, but also a threat of tornadoes, across Texas and spreading on Wednesday into the Lower Mississippi, Tennessee and Ohio Valleys. Read More >



The National Weather Service in Amarillo is looking for COOPERATIVE WEATHER OBSERVERS in several locations throughout the Texas and Oklahoma Panhandles.



  • COOP observations are used by the LIVESTOCK FORAGE DISASTER PROGRAM.
  • Observers are needed to provide precipitation measurements for this program.
  • Livestock owners and contract growers depend on this system for payment support to help with losses during drought. 


COOP Weather Observers:

  • Measure rain, snow and sometimes temperatures.

  • Reports are submitted through an online program and/or an app - very easy and convenient!

  • Equipment supplied and maintained by the National Weather Service Office in Amarillo.
  • Observations become part of the national Climate Database for the United States.
  • Observations support drought assessments, crop yield forecasts, recreation, flood zone determination, and investment of billions of dollars in the insurance industry!


This is a wonderful opportunity to become part of the COOP family across the Panhandles!



For More Information on the COOP PROGRAM:


Please contact:

Angela Margrave, COOP Program Leader

National Weather Service, 1900 English Road, Amarillo TX 79108