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Join Our Storm Spotter Team!

Join Our Storm Spotter Team!

by Ben Pine

WHAS11.com

Posted on April 21, 2010 at 5:17 PM

Updated Sunday, May 9 at 4:37 PM

Thanks to everyone who attended our SKYWARN Storm Spotter Seminar on May 8th, 2010!  Kentuckiana now has many more trained weather spotters!

WHAS11 StormTeam Online Spotter Team
 
 
The StormTeam is a web-based storm spotter team, and this is the place to sign up and get involved! If you have a simple interest in the weather, or a downright freaky fascination, it doesn’t matter, we just want to know what’s happening in your backyard when bad weather strikes. We have numerous forecasting tools here in our weather office, including radars, satellites, and live outdoor cameras, but it’s impossible to see everything that’s going on in the world of weather…and that’s where you can help! It’s called “ground truth”, a weather observation from your eyes and ears. With more ground truth, we can give out a more complete and accurate description of severe weather events, to keep our viewers informed and safe. Most reports include a description of the severe weather happening, for example - quarter-size hail-gusty winds-55 mph estimation-heavy rain ponding on the roads-funnel clouds, etc.
 
Our goal is to make storm spotting as easy as possible, but just as accurate. We will supply you with training resources, and updates on when we expect severe weather to hit. All you need to do is sign our registration form, and then we will send you a link to download the SpotterNet program. This is a very easy, quick, and simple program to install on your computer, which allows you to communicate directly with the WHAS11 StormTeam. Your reports or messages will be instantly sent into our Baron’s Fastrac Doppler Radar system here at the WHAS11 studios, then we will display your reports and pictures live during a broadcast. Your location will be denoted by a symbol on our radar, where we can click, and pop-up your report, again, live on the air! After filling out the registration, we will send a confirmation email, and you will now be a part of our growing severe weather spotter team! You will become an integral role in our community and weather team, helping to keep people safe from the storm.   We are looking forward to your participation and live interaction!
 
Sincerely,
 
Meteorologist Ben Pine
WHAS11 StormTeam
 

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