UPDATED Spotter Information!
ESPOTTER is NO LONGER SUPPORTED by the National Weather Service. Please use the new spotter report form at http://www.srh.noaa.gov/StormReport/SubmitReport.php?site=grr to submit online reports. Also remember, you can always call 1-800-647-3836 to submit a report.
The National Weather Service is issuing Significant Weather Alerts. These are alerts for not severe weather, but weather that can cause people problems, like intense lightning. We may activate nets for these events depending on conditions. You may want to update your weather alert radio for these sort of alerts.
Newaygo County Skywarn
Newaygo County SkyWarn is conducted on the 146.920 repeater with a negative (-) offset and a PL of 94.8. The White Cloud 145.450 repeater is a backup in the event the 92 repeater fails.
SkyWarn nets are activated when the National Weather Service issues a severe thunderstorm warning, tornado warning or tornado watch. Anybody can check in, but please when submitting reports state if you are a National Weather Service trained weather spotter. We accept all reports regardless of training.
If you can not hear a net or contact anyone on the repeater, please submit your report directly to the National Weather Service office in Grand Rapids by calling 1-800-647-3836 when it is safe to do so.
What is Skywarn
SKYWARN is a concept developed in the early 1970s that was intended to promote a cooperative effort between the National Weather Service and communities. The emphasis of the effort is often focused on the storm spotter, an individual who takes a position near their community and reports wind gusts, hail size, rainfall, and cloud formations that could signal a developing tornado. Another part of SKYWARN is the receipt and effective distribution of National Weather Service information.
SKYWARN spotters are not by definition "Storm Chasers". While their functions and methods are similar, the spotter stays close to home and usually has ties to a local agency. Storm chasers often cover hundreds of miles a day. The term Storm Chaser covers a wide variety of people. Some are meteorologists doing specific research or are gathering basic information (like video) for training and comparison to radar data. Others chase storms to provide live information for the media, and others simply do it for the thrill.
Storm Spotting and Storm Chasing is dangerous and should not be done without proper training, experience and equipment.
The National Weather Service conducts spotter training classes across the United States, and your local National Weather Service office should be consulted as to when the next class will be held.
Special shout out and thank you to Amanda and Liam for a great link of weather spotter information, How to become a storm spotter from home. It is a site with a collection of good links for spotter and skywarn information, and other weather information and safety. Thanks Liam!