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Fire Weather in the West; Strong to Severe Storms in Southern Mid-Atlantic; Tropics off Florida and Southeast

Critical fire weather conditions will continue across the Inter-mountain West through the upcoming weekend, as Red Flag Warnings and Fire Weather Watches are in effect. Meanwhile, strong to severe storms w/ damaging winds and heavy rain likely in North Carolina and southern Virginia. Finally, the National Hurricane Center is monitoring a broad area of low pressure in the Bahamas for development. Read More >

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many different kinds of severe weather.

If you are a Skywarn™ Spotter the best way to contact us is by using the "800" number provided on your Skywarn™ card.

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Thunderstorm Criteria:

  • Tornadoes or funnel clouds (be very wary of look-alikes; watch for rotation)
    • Rotating appendage from a cumulonimbus cloud not touching the ground
  • Wall clouds, especially if they are rotating

  • Hail (Be specific with regard to size)
    • Report any size and specify diameter.
    • Quarter (1") and larger is severe!
    • Hail Sizes Chart
  • Wind Gusts
    • 40 mph or greater; specify whether estimated or recorded
    • large branches downed (specify diameter of branch)
    • Trees/power lines downed
    • Structural damage to buildings (roof, windows, etc.)
  • Rainfall
    • 1 inch or greater in an hour and every inch thereafter
    • 2 inches or greater storm total
  • Flooding
    • Report any flooding
    • Basement, road
    • Streams/Rivers -- also, when nearing bankfull
    • Street (depth of water)

Winter Criteria:

  • Snowfall
    • When (new) snow accumulation reaches 2 inches
    • Then at 4 inches, 6 inches, and every 3 inches thereafter (eg. 2,4,6,9,12,etc)
    • Give a final report/total at the end of the storm
    • Thunder Snow - time and location
  • Ice
    • Any occurrance, or accumulation, of freezing rain
    • Accumulation of 1/4" or more
  • Flooding
    • Report any flooding
    • Ice jams/snow melt
  • General Winter Reports
    • When forecast differs significantly from observed (i.e. snowing with no snow in forecast, sleet...when only snow is forecast...)
    • Any other significant weather occurrence(i.e. damage from strong winds not associated with a thunderstorm)