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Wet Pattern Continues From the Northwest To Rockies; Major Storm System To Develop On Thursday Across Southern Plains

A vigorous system will slide from the Northwest to the Rockies on Wednesday to keep intact the wet pattern across the extended region. Heavy to excessive rain, intense mountain snow and high winds are possible before the next system arrives on Friday. The same system will evolve into a major storm on Thursday across the southern Plains for a widespread rain event for the South and East. Read More >

Congratulations on completing the NWS Paducah's Spotter Concepts  Skywarn Spotter Training Class!



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Consider this supplemental information to help you in your Skywarn spotting journey and to help keep you safe from hazardous weather. We hope you will find them useful. Be a weather safety ambassador and use your new found knowledge to teach others how to be safe:

Beaufort Wind Scale

Key Websites/Information

NOAA Weather Radio/Anemometers Handout

Tornado Safety

Flooding Safety

Severe Thunderstorm Safety

Lightning Safety

NOAA Weather Radio brochure

Spotter Card Side 1

Spotter Card Side 2

Skywarn FAQs

Safety for Mobile Spotters

Great outdoors safety brochure


The following information is listed as reminders and reference material for spotters:

NWS Paducah Spotter Sign up Form

NWS Paducah Storm Reporting Page

NWS Paducah Spotter Page

NWS Paducah NOAA Weather Radio Page

NWS Paducah Hazardous Weather Page

NWS Paducah Service Guide

NWS Paducah Past Weather Events Page

NWS Weather Education Page

NWS Paducah You Tube Videos




  • Use the Spotter Hotline (unlisted number provided during the Skywarn Spotter Class)
  • Use Twitter.  We can be reached at @NWSPAH
  • Use Twitter hashtags: #tristatewx or #nwspah. (Certified spotters may also use #pahspotter)
  • Post it on our Facebook page:
  • Via our office Form Submission page:  Severe Weather Report Form 
  • Send us an email with your report (*NOTE: This email account is not monitored during severe weather events - send only post event storm reports or pictures here):
  • Spotter Reminders (.pdf)


Wind Damage (e.g. trees or tree limbs down, shingles off of buildings etc.)

Wind of 40 to 50 mph or greater

Hail (any size)

Wall Cloud

Funnel Cloud


Flooding (water over roads, water rising out of banks of small creek and streams)

Snow or ice beginning to accumulate on roads or other surfaces 

Snowfall (about every 1 inch of accumulation)

Freezing Rain (about every 1/4 inch of accumulation and any related damage)



•Use the spotter hotline for REPORTS ONLY.

•Always report what you see as accurately and concisely as possible.

•Use references to nearby towns as much as possible in addition to roads.

•Try not to make assumptions about what you see.

•Tell us your uncertainty if you have any.

•If you are not sure about something, call and tell us what you are seeing.

•The effectiveness of reports is governed by whether correct information can be relayed to the NWS in a manner the staff can use. -Ambiguous or bad reports raise questions and cause confusion.

•It is very important to dictate whether you are measuring or estimating.

•When possible, call directly into our office with your report.

•Know each of your landmarks and measure the direction and distances between your designated location and those landmarks.

•Exact location of storm reports is very important - Sometimes even a difference in a mile or two can make a difference!






Online Educational/Informational Materials:

National Severe Storm Laboratory:

MetEd (Comet) Online Modules:

Weather World 2010 University of Illinois:

NWS Glossary:

EF Scale:

NWS Online Weather School:

SPC’s Tornado FAQs:

Meteorology Training Documents:

National Weather Association:

American Meteorological Society:


Weather Data and Analysis:

NWS NCEP Model Page:

NWS Hydrometeorological Prediction Center:

NWS Paducah Model Page:

College of DuPage Model Page:

College of Dupage Analysis Page:

San Jose Weather Page:

Penn State Weather Page:

Kentucky Mesonet:

SPC Mesoanalysis Page:

NWS Radar Sites:

College of DuPage Radar (lowest 4 elev. angles free):


Spotter Information:

Spotter/Chasing Safety:

NWS Oklahoma City spotter resource page:

Skywarn Online:

National Skywarn Page:

University of Illinois Severe Storms Guide:


For those wishing to take some basic spotter classes online, or take refresher courses on the material presented by the NWS, MetEd offers an alternate way to achieve your training:

MetEd is populated and maintained by the COMET® Program, which is part of the University Corporation for Atmospheric Research's (UCAR's) Community Programs (UCP).

Role of Skywarn Spotter

Skywarn Spotter Convective Basics

Once you have completed this training, you may contact or for instructions on making spotter reports.