For requesting and receiving Spot Weather Forecasts
You must use the NWS homepage that serves your area.
For other areas around Wisconsin please reference this page to determine which office you should request a Spot Forecast from.
Next after clicking on the Fire Weather link on the NWS Milwaukee/Sullivan main page, the Fire Weather page appears. It is from this page that you can directly access the NWS Spot Program. See figure below.
The main page for the NWS Spot then comes up and is shown in the figure below. Click on “Submit a new Spot Request” to input the details of your burn for the NWS forecaster. Make sure you have checked the latest NWS narrative forecast and have a recent observation from the fire site.
Data entry is next. Figure 2 is the page where data entry is done.
The red items are REQUIRED so that NWS Spot can supply basic topo maps and so that you can update the request, ask questions, or provide feedback.
The items in red are REQUIRED. Although not shown in red, a recent and representative observation is required before a spot forecast request can be provided. The requests should be done through a dispatch center or staffed office. They will permit the forecaster to send the spot forecast efficiently through the Internet, rather than spending time on the phone reading the details. Plus, it will make coordination more effective. Field users may at times need to use cell phones from the fire site, but the NWS asks that contact be attempted first through the dispatch or office location.
For the location, enter latitude and longitude in decimal form. The NWS prefers lat/lon because the NWS can locate the fire site better on radar and satellite imagery. NWS Spot will convert the coordinates to a legal description when it processes the request.
You may request data for Today, Tonight, and Tomorrow by checking the boxes in the lower left corner. The NWS asks that you request no more than you actually need at the time to perform your work, since the more you request, the longer amount of time the forecaster needs to prepare a forecast. You can always go back later in the day and update your request.
So that the NWS may fully understand your needs, we may ask that you use the “Remarks” text box in the lower right hand corner to ask questions or to state any concerns or problems.
When your request is ready to send, click on the “Submit Request” button at the bottom of the page.
The program will send you back to the "request" page again.
If you click on the name of your Spot request, the program will respond with a series of three maps and all data submitted. See figure below. Take time to look at the map. If you entered the lat and lon incorrectly, the maps show that.
Once the forecast has been initially sent, the word “PENDING” will appear in the status block. When the forecaster has completed and submitted the forecast, the word “COMPLETE” will appear in the status window.
You can also enter requests for spot requests for spot forecasts for other days, or check previous ones by using the calendar function. The arrow icons on either side of the date will take you to the nest or previous day. You can also look at the whole month by clicking on the word “CALENDAR” underneath the date. This will take you to the calendar page shown in the figure below.