What to Report
The National Weather Service relies heavily on YOUR report of severe or hazardous weather.
The following occurrences should be reported IMMEDIATELY!
1 - TORNADOES - You may not see the funnel itself on the ground.How to Report
- Look for dust or debris on the ground underneath a funnel or wall cloud.
- Power line flashes at night may indicate a tornado.
2 - FUNNEL CLOUDS - Look for organized, sustained rotation.
3 - WALL CLOUDS - Should be persistent (tens of minutes) and organized.
- Rotating wall clouds are extremely dangerous.
4 - HAIL - 3/4" diameter or larger.
- Report hail size and intensity.
- Report hail size in terms of well known objects (coins, fruit) or in inches.
- Avoid using the term "marble size".
5 - DAMAGING WINDS - In excess of 58 m.p.h. or 50 knots.
- Give best estimate of wind speed. (see definitions page)
6 - STORM DAMAGE - Damage reports are extremely important.
- Report any damage caused by hail, wind, flooding or lightning.
7 - FLOODING - Report flooding that blocks streets, roads or highways.
- Report flooding that is a threat to life or property.
- Report excessive rainfall (more than 1" per hour).
8 - WINTER WEATHER - Report any significant accumulation of snow or ice.
- Report any significant problems caused by snow or ice.
9 - LIGHTNING - Report any damage or injuries caused by lightning.
1 - When possible, all reports should be passed to the SKYWARN Net Control Operator via Amateur Radio,IF CALLING THE NWS DIRECT, DO NOT EXPECT TO SPEAK WITH A FORECASTER. THEY ARE
Public Safety Radio or by
email. These reports will then be passed on to the NWS and to local Emergency
2 - If unable to make contact with the SKYWARN Net Control Operator, you should call the NWS direct using
the 800 number provided.
3 - How ever you make your report, remember the following:
- SAFETY FIRST! - Your safety is more important than your report.
- Keep your report very brief - others will also be trying to report.
- If contacting the NWS direct, identify yourself as a trained and Certified Storm Spotter.
- Give your exact location (county, nearest town, major intersection, etc.).
- Tell what you saw (tornado, hail, wind, funnel cloud, etc.).
- Give the time the event occurred, its duration and any other important information.
Example: "My name is John Doe, I am a certified spotter in Sunshine, Garland County, I am receiving
quarter-size hail at this time, 2:30 p.m., The hail is covering the ground and has been falling for
ISSUING STATEMENTS AND WARNINGS TO THE MEDIA, NOAA WEATHER RADIO, ETC. AND TIME
IS A LUXURY THEY DO NOT HAVE.