Mark your calendars! The 2014 Skywarn Picnic will be May 17 (May 18 in case of rain) out at the National Weather Service in Chanhassen, MN. More details to come...
The Metro Skywarn 2014 Class Schedule has been posted. Remember: you must attend a training session every two years to remain an active spotter. Some classes require registration; see the class schedule for registration requirements and contact information.
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. We don't need or care to receive reports about traffic conditions, heavy rain (unless measured at more than 1" per hour) or wind blowing hard, ETC. Please check your classroom information (Or your spotter card) for reportable conditions, and please, only report those reportable conditions that currently exist.
2. Know your spotter number. Please have your number written down or memorized before getting on the radio. Contact us if you have lost it.
3. Know your current and accurate location. We want to know where you are, and if YOU don't know where you are, that don't help us. Know your location BEFORE making your report. Know your city (Don't guess). Net Control does not know every street in every city. Please take your time to be accurate. Use major cross streets and City.
4. NEVER estimate wind speed, don't even try, we will just ignore it anyway. If you can't measure it, don't report it, it is that simple! Instead report significant wind damage: 3" or larger tree limbs in healthy trees, highway or street signs damaged, shingles peeled back, structural damage.
5. Know the difference between ponding and flooding. Refer back to your classroom training if you need a refresher. We don't care about ponding water. We only want to know about moving, running water that normally is not suppose to be there. Moving water across a road is reportable, a ditch full of 2 feet of ponding water or water running down the side of the road into the storm sewer is not.
6. If you are going to make a hail report, please have the correct size determined (Reference coin size) before making that report. Know what your going to say before you key up that microphone.
7. An accurate and concise report is more important than an immediate report. Write down what you are going to say before you call net control.
Again, thank you to all the spotters that have stayed up late and given the critical reports that NWS needs to accomplish their goals and needs.
-- Howard J. Lund, Planning Section Chief Ramsey County Emergency Management & Homeland Security 90 W Plato Blvd, Suite 220, St. Paul, MN 55102-1645
-- David E. Johnson, N0KBD, Vice Chair, Metro Skywarn Board of Directors
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:
MSWinfo = mswinfo+subscribe @ googlegroups.com
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MSWAlert = mswalert+subscribe @ googlegroups.com
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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.
The Net Status Color Code is used to easily obtain the status of a pending net activation. The status is set automatically by software that monitors NWS data. Click Reload in your browser to ensure you see the most current status.
WHITE - All Clear
BLUE - Weather Threat Recognized; HWO has Skywarn statement
GREEN - Activation Possible; Watches Issued
YELLOW - Activation Like; Warnings in SECONDARY counties
RED - NET ACTIVE; Warning in METRO counties
No matter what the Net Status graphic is indicating, the information gathered and presented here may NOT be accurate. You MUST use your own judgement to determine your best course of action in any given circumstance!
- Your Email Address (each user requires a unique email address)
- Your Metro Skywarn ID #
- Your Call Sign (if you have one)
- A proposed temporary password (6 characters or more). We will enter it for you.
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.