How Do I Send My Storm Report?
(listed in order of quickest time received by the WFO BOU staff)
1. DEDICATED SPOTTER PHONE LINE #800
(Please keep the 800 and 2884 numbers in your strictest confidence.) These numbers are unlisted, dedicated to the severe weather program and only used by our CAST spotters, dispatch centers and emergency mangers to report severe weather. This line is answered 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. Please have critical information ready.
2. Web Based On-line report: http://www.crh.noaa.gov/bou/awebphp/svrrport.php
You will be asked on the report form to fill out your name, spotter number, phone, e-mail, county, time/date of event, location, and your weather report in the open dialogue box. You can add the above link to your favorites to send timely reports to our office. Reports received to the forecaster in “near real time”, usually within 1-2 minutes.
3. The Spotter Network (http://www.spotternetwork.org) Another way to send storm information and spotter locations based on GPS and can be used for uploading storm videos. Primarily used by storm chasers.
4. 911-Local/county dispatch office: These reports are then relayed from dispatch to our office; however there may be a delay in this procedure depending on how busy the dispatch center is. Call 911 for emergency services.
5. E-mail: Scott.Entrekin@noaa.gov for sending storm pictures and videos. This should be used for storm histories and “after the fact” events.
Here is how to make a good storm report:
Give your name/spotter # and any affiliations you may have (i.e. member of a spotter organization, amateur radio club, sheriff's department, etc).
Provide a detailed description of what happened, including any damage, measurements, injuries, or fatalities. Mention how you arrived at your values. For instance, don't just say there was "nickel size hail", say whether you measured this with a ruler or estimated.
Try to give as precise of a time as possible for the event occurrence.
Give as exact of a location as you can when reporting. Try to give a distance to the nearest tenth of a mile from the nearest town, village or city. Cross streets can be very valuable to include in your report, especially if you are in an urban area. Be aware of where you are! Also, be sure to distinguish between where YOU are and where the EVENT is occurring.
- EXAMPLE OF A GOOD REPORT
"My name is Joe Public, spotter number W999. I measured quarter sized hail with a ruler at 4:46PM about 1.5 miles west of Greeley. Also, at the same time I can see a rotating wall cloud about 2 miles to the west of my location."