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Beginning in the 2013 Metro Skywarn Season we are requesting reports of measured rainfall greater than 1 inch of rain within 60 Minutes. 

  • Any condition requested by Net Control
  • Tornadoes
  • Funnel Clouds
  • Persistent rotating wall clouds lasting 1-3 minutes in duration
  • Non-rotating wall clouds lasting 5-10 minutes
  • Any size hail – report largest AND Average size (use ID Card, Rule, Coin, Ball)
  • Significant Flooding causing running water (not ponding) over roads, fields, lots, etc
  • Significant wind DAMAGE  (“strong” or “high” winds are not reportable)
  • Measured rainfall (>1” in less than 60 minutes)

Reminder on Proper Spotter Reports, a June 2013 article, following a series of severe storms that left much damage across the Metro.

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    The board has exercised our rain day option for the Spotter Appreciation Picnic. There is enough confidence in Saturday’s rain forecast. The picnic will now be SUNDAY, MAY 21 from 1pm to 3pm at the NWS office in Chanhassen. If you RSVPd and can no longer attend, please cancel your RSVP on
  • Wed 17 May 20:56 Spotters No Longer Needed Thunderstorm SHORT MESSAGE The severe weather threat has diminished for the Metro Skywarn Area LONG MESSAGE The threat of severe weather has diminished for the Twin Cities. A Flash Flood Warning remains in effect for Hennepin until 22:15.

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