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The 2017 Annual Spotter Report is now available.
The 2017 Annual Spotter Report is now available.
Please remember that Metro Skywarn Nets are "Controlled Nets". You request access to the net with your MSW ID and a one word descriptors. See below.
1. Access the net with your Skywarn ID number, and a brief (one or two word) description of the reportable condition. ex: “ 1119, hail.” or “ 1119 , wind damage or "1119, checkin.” Wait for acknowledgement.
2. When Net operator acknowledges with your ID number, for exam ple; “ 1119” or “ 1119, go ahead”, give a brief and complete report that ends with your call sign. ex: “I’m located at I - 35W and I - 694. Pea - sized hail is covering the ground. Some the size of a dime. N0XXX. ”
3. One of two things will happen next: The Net Control operator may ask you questions to clarify your report. End each reply with your Amateur Radio callsign . OR The Net Control Operator will respond with t ime in 24 - hour format. This means your report has been received and understood, and that the Net is available for reports from other spotters . ex: “1732” This reporting format is intended to reduce the “on air” time for each report. Use of your callsign is required to be legal with the FCC.
Metro Skywarn works with a variety of national and local government entities, radio clubs, and organizations to provide the training and infrastructure for our severe weather spotting nets.
You've got questions, we've got answers. See our Frequently Asked Questions about becoming a spotter.
Click here if the survey does not appear.
Thank you for visiting our Website. We've redesigned and added some new features to the Website.
New features include:
This Website is a special service Metro Skywarn provides for trained Metro Skywarn spotters. You must have attended one of our classes and passed the quiz, obtained a MSW Spotter ID card, and preferably have an amateur radio license to log into the new site. Learn more about joining the Website here.
Logo submissions are no longer being accepted.
All valid submissions will be reviewed by the Board of Directors on March 18, 2017.
The winning logo design will be revealed at the Metro Skywarn Spotter Appreciation Picnic on May 21, 2017.
Thank you everyone who submitted a design.
Please contact David Riviera, Communications Coordinator, with any questions at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Here's a nice story about spotters that was shown Tuesday evening on KSTP-TV: Click here to view in a pop-up window.
It features Tom Ring, who was the first spotter to report the May 22, 2011 tornado that moved through portions of St Louis Park, Golden Valley, North Mpls, Fridley, Spring Lake Park and Blaine. His report to Metro Skywarn was immediately provided to the NWS. Our warning had just been issued, and based on Tom's report, we were able to notify the media and law enforcement of the tornado that had just touched down. There is little doubt that reports of tornadoes help prompt people to seek shelter, and we are deeply grateful for the role that spotters play in helping save lives. There are still a few Skywarn classes this year, so please attend one, if you have not already.
For those of you who'd like to look their finest in Skywarn wear and support Metro Skywarn, I spent the day Sunday updating the choices of merchandise at our vendor Cafepress.com. You'll find a wide selection of shirts, hats, bags, and other items in various design configurations for all ages and sizes.
I will consider some special requests if you have a configuration in mind that you don't see already there. Contact me here.
Logos should visualize the mission statement of Metro Skywarn and specifically encompass the ideas of weather and amateur radio while representing Metro Skywarn uniquely in comparison to other similar organization logos.
There is no required color scheme. The logo should only contain the words "Metro Skywarn".
"Skywarn®" is a trademark of NOAA. See the Skywarn Branding Guidelines for more information. The name "Metro Skywarn, Inc" is the legally registered name of our nonprofit corporation, and is used in good faith with permission of NOAA. Metro Skywarn is not an ARRL ARES group. We have RACES status through collaboration with local government entities. The existing "Metro Skywarn" logo with the modified Skywarn eye is the logo we are replacing. The use of the national Skywarn eye logo is not expected. This logo should represent the Metro Skywarn organization, and not the national Skywarn program.
Logo submissions will be accepted from January 1, 2017, 12:00 am until February 28, 2017, 11:59 pm.
The board of directors will review all submissions at the March 18, 2017 board meeting and select a final design. To ensure an impartial decision, board members will not know the identity of the logo designers until a design is chosen. Only one board member will know who submitted each design at the March 18 board meeting.
The winning logo design will be announced at the Metro Skywarn Spotter Appreciation Picnic on May 20th, 2017 at the National Weather Service office in Chanhassen. You do not need to be present to win.
Logo submissions are welcome from Metro Skywarn spotters, NWS Skywatcher spotters, and the public. Directors and immediate family members are not eligible to win the prize.
The designer of the final selected logo will receive a $100 gift certificate to the location or store of their choice. There is no guarantee that a logo will be selected from the pool of submissions.
Submitted logo images should be final quality. Vector images are preferred, but raster images will be accepted.
Accepted file formats:
You may submit a vector graphic, or just a high quality rendition of it. Coordination of production files will be done after a final logo design is selected.
A primary logo design is required. However, additional variations are welcome:
File size limit is 10MB per image file.
When you submit your logo, you will need to agree to the following:
A digital signature will be required to submit your logo.
Limit one (1) submission per person. Additional or multiple submissions will be disqualified.
The submission form will post on January 1, 2017, 12:00 am. Logos will be accepted until February 28, 2017, 11:59 pm.
Please contact David Riviera, Communications Coordinator and a member of the board of directors, with questions or for more information about the logo submission process at email@example.com.
Do you have a good photo of severe weather? Want to see it in the website header? Registered spotters can submit a photo, or better yet, write an article telling the story behind the picture and attach a photo. Be sure you are the owner of the photo for copyright purposes. Your photo and story will be reviewed and inserted in the header if approved. All photos and stories will be considered! See all the pictures and the stories behind it here!
There are two Google Group email lists that receive regular updates from Metro Skywarn:
If you do not have a Google account and would like to subscribe via email, send an email to:
MSWInfo = mswinfo+subscribe @ googlegroups.com
(Please remove any spaces)
MSWAlert = mswalert+subscribe @ googlegroups.com
(Please remove any spaces)
Posts from our automated system that are sent to MSWinfo and MSWAlerts will come from Metro Skywarn's special email address: firstname.lastname@example.org ... be sure to add this email address to your contacts list so you receive these posts. This is an unmonitored email address, and should not be used for correspondence to Metro Skywarn. Contact the Board via the Contact link.
In addition to the Metro Skywarn email groups above, the National Weather Service provides a listing of Email and SMS Weather Alert Services that serve both email and SMS message alerts. These are not services of the National Weather Service, and are provided as-is.
Finally, the Metro Skywarn Update is an email list for general information and updates. It is sent no more than six times per year.
Metro Skywarn is proud to join the NOAA Weather-Ready Nation Ambassador™ initiative! Through this partnership, we team up with NOAA and the National Weather Service to promote weather readiness and preparation.
Weather-Ready Nation Ambassador™ and the Weather-Ready Nation Ambassador™ logo are trademarks of the U.S. Department of Commerce, National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, used with permission.
Metro Skywarn is a not-for-profit 501(c)(3) corporation entirely supported by it's members and the general public. Your donations help us defray the cost of our newsletter, our training materials and equipment needs to further our educational mission. Please consider supporting Metro Skywarn. Send us a donation by check, or make a donation by clicking the "donate" button. Purchase a skywarn sticker or merchandise from shop at cafe press.
Send checks payable to Metro Skywarn to:
Metro Skywarn Inc.
Sandra Johnson, Treasurer
853 Bradford Avenue
Champlin, MN 55316
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When contacting Net Control, please use the process below to help the NCS take your report as quickly as possible.
All spotters; Thanks for all the reports over the last couple nights, it has been an active 48 hours!
I wanted to give a quick reminder to all regarding proper reports:
1. Make sure what you are going to report is reportable.
2. Know your spotter number.
3. Know your current and accurate location.
4. NEVER estimate wind speed, don't even try, we will just ignore it anyway.
5. Know the difference between ponding and flooding.
6. If you are going to make a hail report, please have the correct size determined
7. An accurate and concise report is more important than an immediate report.
Read on for more details on all of these tips.