Here's a nice story about spotters that was shown Tuesday evening on KSTP-TV:
It features Tom Ring, who was the first spotter to report the May 22, 2011 tornado that moved through portions of St Louis Park, Golden Valley, North Mpls, Fridley, Spring Lake Park and Blaine. His report to Metro Skywarn was immediately provided to the NWS. Our warning had just been issued, and based on Tom's report, we were able to notify the media and law enforcement of the tornado that had just touched down. There is little doubt that reports of tornadoes help prompt people to seek shelter, and we are deeply grateful for the role that spotters play in helping save lives. There are still a few Skywarn classes this year, so please attend one, if you have not already.
When contacting Net Control, please use the process below to help the NCS take your report as quickly as possible.
- Contact NCS using your Spotter ID and a one or two word description of the report.
- For check in and reports please provide major cross streets, community, and county.
All spotters; Thanks for all the reports over the last couple nights, it has been an active 48 hours!
I wanted to give a quick reminder to all regarding proper reports:
1. Make sure what you are going to report is reportable.
2. Know your spotter number.
3. Know your current and accurate location.
4. NEVER estimate wind speed, don't even try, we will just ignore it anyway.
5. Know the difference between ponding and flooding.
6. If you are going to make a hail report, please have the correct size determined
7. An accurate and concise report is more important than an immediate report.
Read on for more details on all of these tips.
There are two Google Group email lists that receive regular updates from Metro Skywarn:
If you do not have a Google account and would like to subscribe via email, send an email to:
Posts from our automated system that are sent to MSWinfo and MSWAlerts will come from Metro Skywarn's special email address: ... be sure to add this email address to your contacts list so you receive these posts. This is an unmonitored email address, and should not be used for correspondence to Metro Skywarn. Contact the Board or Webmasters via the Contact links.
In addition to the Metro Skywarn email groups above, the National Weather Service provides a listing of Email and SMS Weather Alert Services that serve both email and SMS message alerts. These are not services of the National Weather Service, and are provided as-is.
Do you have a good photo of severe weather? Want to see it in the website header? Registered spotters can submit a photo, or better yet, write an article telling the story behind the picture and attach a photo. Be sure you are the owner of the photo for copyright purposes. Your photo and story will be reviewed and inserted in the header if approved. All photos and stories will be considered! See all the pictures and the stories behind it here!
For those of you who'd like to look their finest in Skywarn wear and support Metro Skywarn, I spent the day Sunday updating the choices of merchandise at our vendor Cafepress.com. You'll find a wide selection of shirts, hats, bags, and other items in various design configurations for all ages and sizes.
I will consider some special requests if you have a configuration in mind that you don't see already there. Contact me here.