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WX4RNK SKYWARN SPOTTER REPORT FORM


SKYWARN LogoCritical data should be phoned into the Blacksburg NWS office at 866-215-4324 or 540-552-0084. If the SKYWARN Amateur Radio Station is active at the Blacksburg office, the information can be passed by voice. For data less critical, the following form can be used to pass information to the NWS office. When you click on the “Submit” button at the bottom of the form it is emailed directly to the NWS office at Blacksburg and this e-mail is checked frequently during times of adverse weather. These forms can also be used for “After Storm” totals that can be helpful to the NWS. Note: When you send a form, please call and let them know that did so.

By using these forms, you help to free the telephone up at the Blacksburg office and the information comes to them as text so they don’t have to record the information by hand over the phone.


Date & Time

Date:
Time: PM AM
The Date and Time of this report.

Contact Information

Name:
Amateur Callsign:
Phone Number:
Email Address:
Detailed Location
of Spotter:
Report your county and state, and position relative to a known town/landmark ("Seven miles west of Galax"). If the event is not occurring where you are, report your position relative to the event/storm ("Looking three miles north of my location"). If applicable, report the movement and speed of the event being observed.

Major Weather HAZARD

Hazard:
Phone NWS Blacksburg if there is a Major Weather Hazard: 866-215-4324
When spotting for WALL CLOUDS, FUNNEL CLOUDS, and TORNADOES, the key is always to LOOK FOR ROTATION!

HAIL Report

Hail:
Time: PM AM
When reporting HAIL, use the handy hail size table in our Observer's Guide.

RAINFALL Report

Rain: measured in .01 inches
Timeframe:
Automated Rain Gauges for areas throughout the Commonwealth that are prone to Flash Flooding.

WIND SPEED Report

Wind Speed: mph kph
Method:
When estimating WIND SPEED feel free to use the Beaufort Wind Scale provided in our Observer's Guide. Choose the appropriate wind speed range from the effects observed.

SNOWFALL Report

Snow Accumulation: measured in inches
Timeframe:
Measure the depth of the snow and/or sleet to the nearest half-inch at several places, then average those readings for the report.

ICING Report

Ice Accumulation: measured in 1/10 inches
Ice accumulation is measured radial (i.e. one side on a branch or wire).

General Comments

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