Reporting Severe Weather
Reporting severe weather is essential! Remember that each report, regardless of the method, must include the time and location of the event. Pictures tell a thousand words, but not when and where the weather occurred!
Online: Use our online weather reporting form! For reporting tornadoes, please use our 1-800-SKYWARN telephone line.
Email: firstname.lastname@example.org - A great way to include pictures and/or video.
SMS Text Messaging: (515) 240-5515 - Send your phone pictures and text messages to this number with time, date, and location information. With pictures, include a bit of text describing the direction you are looking.
Telephone: 1 (800) SKYWARN - Must have been through severe weather spotter training and belong to a spotter network to use this line! Refer to materials received during spotter training.
Facebook: Visit our Facebook page and post a severe weather report to our wall.
Twitter - Send Twitter reports to the National Weather Service by including the #nwsdmx hashtag or send them directly to @NWSDesMoines.
Amateur Radio – The National Weather Service group amateur radio call-sign is KØDMX.
What to Report:
Reporting Across Iowa:
Live in western or eastern Iowa? Click your location below to find out how to report severe weather. The light green shaded region is serviced by the NWS in Des Moines. Other color shades denote areas covered by neighboring offices.