When a warning is issued, followers of our Twitter feed will receive a short message containing the important warning information, and a "twitter pic" of the warning polygon. The following is an example of an NWS Birmingham Severe Thunderstorm Warning tweet:
Those that have been using the #alwx hashtag to tweet storm reoprts and weather conditions should continue to do so. To help the NWS even more, you are encouraged to also geotag your storm reports, using one of the methods below:
Here's What You Need to Do to Submit a Storm Report via Twitter:
If Geotagging is available on your 3rd party Twitter application:
- Make sure geotagging is turned on for your 3rd party Twitter app.
- Make sure geotagging is turned on for your Twitter account page.
- Submit your Tweet report via your 3rd party app in the following format:
#alwx your significant weather report
Some examples of weather report tweets with geotagging:
Ex. 1: #alwx 6.0" of new snow as of 1 pm
Ex. 2: #alwx Hail 3/4 inch in diameter at 4:25 pm
If Geotagging is NOT available on your 3rd party Twitter application (or you want to use the web-based Twitter.com):
Some examples of weather report tweets without geotagging:
- Log into your Twitter account via the web or mobile device.
- Submit your tweet report in the following format:
#alwx WW your location WW your significant weather report
- Your location can be just about anything, but the more specific the better. Here are some examples listed from most accurate to least accurate location identification:
- Most accurate--A latitude and longitude:
WW 44.231, -88.485 WW
- An address:
WW 2485 S Point Rd, Green Bay, WI 54313 WW
- A street intersection:
WW intersection of Holly St and N 4th St, Perry, OK WW
- A city name:
WW Ft Lauderdale, FL WW
- Least accurate--A zip code:
WW 53221 WW
Ex. 1: #alwx WW 1289 W Oakridge Circle, St Louis, MO WW 6.0" new snow as of 1 pm
Ex. 2: #alwx WW 44.115, -88.595 WW Hail 3/4 inch in diameter at 4:25 pm
What You Can Report
You can tweet any weather event that occurs in your local area, but we are most interested in significant events: snowfall, severe weather, flooding, etc. In particular:
- Damage from winds--briefly describe what was damaged and time it occurred.
- Hail--include size of hail and time it fell.
- Tornadoes or funnel clouds.
- Flooding--briefly describe what is occurring.
- Snowfall during an event and storm total. When reporting snowfall, include the time period when it fell.
- Freezing rain or freezing drizzle producing a 'glaze' on objects or roads.
- Dense fog restricting visibility to less than a half mile.