MAKING STORM SPOTTER REPORTS
Milwaukee Area Skywarn Assoc.
Amended January 27th, 2014

The National Weather Service (NWS) office in Sullivan (30 miles west of Milwaukee)accepts storm reports from any county on this map.

Your storm reports are relayed to the NWS by using social media Twitter and Facebook, the NWS website master and via ham radio channels.

All storm reports need T-L-C-S (Time-Location-Condition-Source):

TIME you observe the weather Event  8: 23 AM   6;17 PM
Your LOCATION:  1.2 miles S-E of Hales Corners, Milwaukee County.
        (GPS users should use the Decimal Degrees format:  43.1234  88.5678)
CONDITION observed:  Estimated winds 55-60 MPH..
SOURCE of report: Your name or agency, or badge number, or radio call, etc.

Your location is the distance from a known city/landmark. ("I am 1.2 miles S-E of Hales Corners...") See the Cultural/City Centers data below. Do this for home and office locations.


CRITERIA:   Submit Report
   

  TORNADO - INCLUDE COMAPSS DIRECTION YOU ARE LOOKING.

  WATERSPOUT - INCLUDE COMPASS DIRECTION YOU ARE LOOKING.

  FUNNEL CLOUD - INCLUDE COMPASS DIRECTION YOU ARE LOOKING.

 
ROTATING WALL CLOUD
   INCLUDE COMPASS DIRECTION YOU ARE LOOKING.

  HAILSTONES -

   REPORT THE LARGEST SIZE, SPECIFY IF MEASUREMENT OR ESTIMATE.

  
WINDS GUSTS 40+ MPH  - SPECIFY IF MEASUREMENT OR ESTIMATE.


  DAMAGE:
     TREES, POWER POLES, BUILDINGS,
       WINDOWS, WALLS, ROOFING,  BASEMENT CAVE-INS,
       LIGHTNING RELATED DAMAGE, FIRE, INJURY. 


 
FLOODING:
    
Water over the curb, covering the street.
     Rushing water or stationary? More than 2 feet deep?

    
In basement or commercial buildings.

 
 FREEZING RAIN to the nearest 1/10" e.g.  0.1"

  ICE GLAZING
to the nearest 1/10" e.g.  0.1"

  SLEET
resembles hailstones, bounces off the ground.

  RAINFALL - RAIN GAGE:
    INCLUDE MEASUREMENT PERIOD  ("1.30 Inches between 12Midnite & 6AM")


  SNOW FALL to the nearest 1/10 inch. e.g.  1.2"
    
Avoid measuring near buildings, measure different locations
      obtain average. Watch out for blow and drifting. Measure every 6 hours.
      SNOW DEPTH: Total on ground or NEW SNOW: Latest snow fall this event.
     

 
VISIBILITY LESS THAN 1/4 MILE:
     FROM SNOW, FOG, RAIN, OR DIRT.


 
WHITE OUT CONDITIONS:
    Daytime event.

  


 N-W-S SEVERE WEATHER REPORT FORM:
  http://www.crh.noaa.gov/mkx/?n=formsubmission-severe
 

 SOCIAL MEDIA (
Require membership of Twitter or Facebook):

  http://twitter.com/NWSMKX

  http://www.facebook.com/US.NationalWeatherService.Milwaukee.gov



 
CALL 9-1-1
  For Tornadoes and Funnel clouds only
 
  "Hello, I am a trained severe weather spotter,
    at 7:17PM I observed  funnel/tornado. My  location
    is 2 miles west of the Waukesha airport, Waukesha Co.
    I lam looking north. My name, call, badge # etc is____.




  AMATEUR RADIO: FREQUENCIES (when Active)
   http://www.mke-skywarn.org/radio.html


 
AMATEUR RADIO WINLINK: 
 
  Use for low impact events. E-mail: wx9mkx@winlink.org





  SHARE YOUR REPORTS WITH US:
   After making a official report to the NWS, share your report or photo
   via our Facebook and Twitter sites.

     


All reports should be your first-hand observations. If you did not see it, don't report it. Never use hearsay
or second-hand information from texts, social networks, radio-TV, police scanners,  or friends, etc.

Submitting false storm reports is a violation of the False Statements Accountability Act of 1996. (18 USC 1001)
Fines range up to $250,000 and/or up 5 years in prison.

 

 
 
 
 

CULTURAL/POLITICAL CITY CENTERS
Within your county determine your distance and direction to the center of your
city (or nearest city/landmark). County maps are listed below.

         City                       City Center or Landmark                                              GPS City Center                                 

 

COUNTY MAPS (Google)
Columbia Dane Dodge Fond
Du Lac
Green Green Lake Iowa Jefferson Kenosha Lafayette
Marquette Milwaukee Ozaukee Racine Rock Sauk Sheboygan Washington Walworth Waukesha


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First listed by MASA 2/20/03, All new location points created 1-18-08.