Twitter Users: Make Weather Reports to the NWS
The National Weather Service has begun a test program to search the microblogging service Twitter for user posts, or “tweets”, that contain reports of significant weather. The goal of this project is to receive more timely and accurate information about storms from this widely-used social media tool and improve communication between the public and their local NWS Weather Forecast Offices. The reports will be carefully evaluated to ensure quality and timeliness.
One advantage of searching Twitter for weather reports is the capability to use “geotagging”, or geographical information associated with individual tweets. This information allows the NWS to correlate each tweet to its location when it was sent.
Additional information on the project, including how people can format their weather report tweets and links to websites at which to monitor reports, is available at: http://www.weather.gov/stormreports/
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Comments on the test may be submitted to the NWS through December 31, 2010 via an online survey.