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The National Weather Service (NWS) Chicago/Rockford, IL, office is looking for individuals that live or work along area rivers to become part of our Volunteer River Ice Spotter Network. River ice spotters share important information such as extent of ice cover, ice cover trends, and location of ice jams which is very important for issuing timely warnings.

More information in the Volunteer River Ice Spotter Network flyer.


What qualifications are required?

No special qualifications are required other than living near the river and a willingness to report river and ice conditions.


How is information reported?

A Google form is used to enter routine reports. For time-sensitive information such as ice jam formation, ice jam break-up, or flooding, we provide a non-public number to call. Reports are requested from all spotters at the same time - weekly on Monday from December 1st through March 31st. The goal is for reports to be sent by 9AM, but reports may be sent at other times especially when changes are observed in river ice.


Who can be contacted for more information?

Please contact the NWS Chicago office if you are interested.

Phone: 815-834-1435 or 815-963-5913