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The National Weather Service (NWS) in Cleveland is looking for new volunteers to measure snow in the Snow Observation Program. If you are already in the program, you do not need to re-apply.

We need new snow observers in all of the counties that NWS Cleveland serves. Below are maps that show where we currently have snow spotters. Each snowflake represents a snow spotter and we are hoping to fill the gaps for the 2020-2021 winter season!

Map of Snow Spotters across Northern Ohio and Northwest Pennsylvania

This is a map showing locations of snow spotters across northern Ohio and northwestern Pennsylvania.

Map of Snow Spotters across Northwest Pennsylvania

This is a map showing the location of snow spotters across Northwest Pennsylvania.

Map of Snow Spotters across Northeast Ohio

This is a map showing the location of snow spotters across Northeast Ohio.

However, we could especially use more volunteer snow spotters in the snow belt of Northeast Ohio and Northwest Pennsylvania, where more frequent snows occur with lake effect. Specifically, we need spotters in:

  • Erie County, PA
  • Crawford County, PA
  • Lake County, OH ***Very Much Needed Along and South of I-90!
  • Cuyahoga County, OH ***Very Much Needed in the Eastern Half of the County!
  • Geauga County, OH
  • Medina County, OH
  • Summit County, OH
  • Portage County, OH ***Very Much Needed in the Northern Half of the County!
  • Trumbull County, OH ​***Very Much Needed in the Northern Half of the County!
  • Mahoning County, OH

***Let's Fill the Gaps for the 2020-2021 Winter Season!!!***

The National Weather Service Snow Observation Program is a volunteer program. Snow observers measure the snow and email the Cleveland NWS office each morning and evening when it snows. In your email observation, you will report 12 hour snowfall and the total snow on the ground. You will also record the information on a monthly log which you will email to the NWS office in Cleveland at the end of each month.

NWS Meteorologists at the Forecast Office use your data to assist in making forecasts and issuing snow warnings or advisories. Your monthly logs are used to document monthly and seasonal snowfall at your location and also for research purposes.

Your consistency is an important aspect of the program. Observers are expected to report twice a day, every day that it snows, for the entire winter season, or as often as possible. All you need is a ruler or yard stick to measure the snow.

To volunteer, just send an email to zachary.sefcovic@noaa.gov with the subject line "Snow Spotter Volunteer". In your email, please include your name, full postal address and phone number. We never share your information.

We will send a confirmation email back to you with a little more about the program. We ask that you then reply to the email confirming that you have read the email and want to volunteer for the program. If you have questions, you may email Zach at the email above.

Thank you. Let it snow!