FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS
What is the difference between the SWOP, COOP, and CoCoRaHS programs?
SWOP (Significant Weather Observing Program): Members provide a variety of weather data...including storm reports of hail/damaging winds/flooding, as well as basic data such as rain/snow totals. There is NO set reporting time. Observers are encouraged to send reports both during and after weather events. This program is unique to NWS Lincoln.
COOP (Cooperative Observer Program): Members provide temperature/rain/snow data on a DAILY basis. This information is used as part of the official climatological record. All NWS offices have a COOP program.
CoCoRaHS (Community Collaborative Rain, Hail, and Snow Network): Members provide rain/snow data on a DAILY basis. Supplemental hail reports can be submitted as well.
How do SWOP observers get their reports to the NWS?
SWOP members have two options. They can either e-mail us at email@example.com or use our online reporting form eSpotter. We encourage members to use eSpotter, as this is the fastest and most efficient way to get weather reports to us. We have our system configured so that reports submitted via eSpotter will automatically alarm on our workstations, allowing forecasters on duty to see your data as soon as you submit it!
Why does my eSpotter page show a status of ZERO reports received after I sent my data?
In order for the counter to re-set, an NWS staff member must log-on to the eSpotter admin page and "acknowledge" all incoming reports. Since we have our system set up to automatically display your reports directly on our computer screens, we do not frequently check the admin page. As a result, you may see a zero reports received status when in fact we got your data just fine.
How do I change my eSpotter password?
Your eSpotter password must be changed every 90 days. Unfortunately, the system does NOT provide you with an e-mail notice prior to your password expiration.
If you try to log-in with an expired password, a window should pop up on your screen, giving you the option of entering a new password. If a window does not appear, please check to see if the pop-up blocker on your PC has prevented it from appearing.
IMPORTANT NOTE: If you still can't change your password and can no longer access eSpotter, please contact us directly using the SWOP e-mail account: firstname.lastname@example.org We can easily re-set your password on our end and have you back up and running in no time.
If you know your password will expire soon and would like to change it before you're locked out of the system, just click on the "Preferences" link on the left-hand menu on your eSpotter page. You will then be able to enter a new password.