We are looking for volunteer weather observers. We need people who are genuinely interested in weather, and who will relay critical meteorological and hydrologic information to the National Weather Service (NWS) in Springfield, Missouri. The information provided will assist us in issuing more accurate and timely weather products, forecasts and warnings. These products are broadcasts on NOAA Weather Radio and are also used by the media, including the Weather Channel.
The Springfield NWS is responsible for issuing forecasts and warnings for 37 counties across south central and southwest Missouri, as well as southeast Kansas. Because many counties are sparsely populated, we need people to help fill in "coverage gaps" with weather related information. Our goal is to develop a dense network of volunteer observers who will provide daily and/or real-time weather reports. Specifically, we need rainfall reports, storm damage reports, high and low temperatures, as well as snow and ice reports. In addition, we need volunteers to report flooding of roadways and low water crossings/bridges, river and creek flooding, and other weather information.
By helping us, you will be helping yourself and others in surrounding towns and counties. If you are interested in becoming a volunteer observer, please complete the enclosed questionnaire by February 15, 1997, and mail to:
THE NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE
SPRINGFIELD-BRANSON REGIONAL AIRPORT
5805 WEST HIGHWAY EE
SPRINGFIELD, MO 65802-8400
A list of volunteer observers will be compiled from the responses that are received. Then within the next two months we will send each volunteer additional information on how to observe and report the weather data we are needing and a toll free number on which to call in the weather reports. If you have any questions about the volunteer observer network or completing the questionnaire, please call our office at (417) 869-4491 and talk to any of our meteorologists.
William T. Davis
Meteorologist In Charge