Using Twitter for Reporting Significant Weather


Who Can Participate?
Anyone with a Twitter account can participate, but only those reports that originate in or near the NWS Springfield forecast area (click here for map) will be evaluated by the NWS Springfield staff during the experiment. Note: Trained storm spotters should use pre-established communication methods (toll-free line, eSpotter, etc.) when possible, to send severe weather reports to the NWS.


Here's What You Need to Do:

                        If Geotagging is available on your 3rd party Twitter application:

  1. First make sure geotagging is turned on for your 3rd party Twitter app.
  2. Second make sure geotagging is turned on for your twitter account page.
  3. Now Submit your Tweet report via your 3rd party app in the following format:
    #wxreport your signifcant weather report
             Some examples of weather report Tweets with geotagging:
                      Ex. 1: #wxreport measured 6.0" of new snow as of 1pm
                      Ex. 2: #wxreport Hail 3/4 inch in diameter estimated at 4:25pm


If Geotagging is NOT available on your 3rd party Twitter application:

  1. Log in to your twitter account via the web or mobile device.
  2. Submit your Tweet report in the following format:
    #wxreport WW your location WW your signifcant weather report
  3. Your location can be just about anything, here are some examples:
    • An address:
      WW 5805 West State Highway EE, Springfield, MO 65802 WW
    • A zip code:
      WW 65803 WW
    • A city name:
      WW Rolla, MO WW
    • A street intersection:
      WW intersection of 13th Street and Main St, Joplin, MO WW
    • A latitude and longitude:
      WW 36.644,-93.219 WW

                                       Some examples of weather report Tweets with geotagging:
                                               Ex. 1: #wxreport WW 4653 S Campbell, Springfield, MO 65810 WW measured 6.0" new snow
                                                             as of 1pm
                                               Ex. 2: #wxreport WW 36.644,-93.219 WW Hail 3/4 inch in diameter estimated at 4:25pm
                                               Ex. 2: #wxreport WW Rolla, MO WW Tornado on the ground 5 miles north of Rolla


General Guidance:

  • The purpose of this project is to allow people to submit reports. Please be responsible and respectful of the purpose.
  • Be as specific as possible when describing the weather report. (Take a good look back at the 'What to Report' page.)
  • A valid Twitter user account is required to submit reports. As such, use of this service constitutes an agreement to the ToS of the provider.
    Go to: http://twitter.com/tos for more information. 


Monitoring Your Reports:
   Note: Some #wxreport monitoring websites that plot the weather report on a map may not properly plot tweets that use
   the "WW" location tag.

If you have any questions, please contact Steve Runnels, Warning Coordination Meteorologist,
NWS Springfield, MO: Email: steve.runnels@noaa.gov


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This project is still in an experimental state and we will be accepting feedback through the 2010 calendar year. For more detailed information on this service, please click here.

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