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  • cocorahs_wa@yahoogroups.com
    The National Weather Service has opened up a TOLL FREE Hotline for reporting Severe Weather. This Hotline is for the Public as well as Trained SKYWARN
    Message 1 of 122 , Dec 11, 2011
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      The National Weather Service has opened up a TOLL FREE Hotline for reporting
      Severe Weather. This Hotline is for the Public as well as Trained SKYWARN
      Spotters.

      YOU MUST READ THE ENTIRE POST PRIOR TO REPORTING.
      The number is posted at the bottom of this notice.

      The National Weather Service encourages everyone to report severe weather.

      HOW TO REPORT SEVERE WEATHER USING THIS SYSTEM

      in order to use this system you must know your,

      1: Latitude Longitude by Degrees and Minutes

      2: Or Zip Code

      If either of these two items are not available then you must leave a very
      detailed voice message at the end as to your location

      What State are you in,
      What County are you in,
      What City are you in or closest to,
      What is the nearest cross street, highway or interstate,
      What mile post,
      What is a well known Landmark,
      What direction is the storm or event from your location
      Is it still occurring,
      what direction is it moving I.E. North, South, East, or West.

      Be as detailed, in your report and location as possible IDENTIFY YOUR SELF WITH
      YOUR NAME PHONE NUMBER, ADDRESS AND CoCoRaHS Station Number
      When Prompted to leave a Voice Message.

      When Prompted to leave a Voice Message, Remain Calm. Make sure you are in a safe location. The NWS would much rather not
      receive a report if it puts your safety in jeopardy.
      YOUR SAFETY COMES FIRST!!!

      Be as descriptive as possible, include thickness of tree limbs, rainfall
      amounts and any damage or weather occurrence you feel is important to report.

      SEVERE WEATHER REPORTING GUIDE LINES FOR WASHINGTON STATE

      WESTERN WASHINGTON REGION

      1: TORNADO: A violently rotating column of air IN CONTACT with the ground and
      extending from the base of a thunderstorm.
      Visual Key: is there dust & debris being picked up below the funnel

      2: FUNNEL CLOUD: Violently rotating column of air that is not in contact with
      the ground.
      Visual Key: Look below the Funnel for Dust and debris being picked up if there
      is then it is a Tornado

      TORNADO, WATERSPOUT, FUNNEL CLOUD, WALL CLOUD -

      Location, time, and direction of movement. Is it still visible? Watch for
      rotation in the cloud(s). Any damage?

      HAIL - Pea-sized or larger. Any damage?

      LIGHTNING - Frequent (4 or more per minute) cloud-to-ground lightning inforested
      areas.

      DAMAGING WINDS - Trees/power lines knocked down, damage to homes, etc. If you
      have an anemometer, report any sustained winds over 35 MPH or gusts over 50 mph.
      You Can also use the Beaufort Scale for an estimate. Note: sustained winds are a
      one
      minute average.

      HEAVY RAIN - One-half (0.50) inch in one hour. Two inches or more in 24 hours or
      less. Has it ended?

      FLOODING - OF ANY KIND! Are waters rising or falling? Any damage, mud or rock
      slides, and/or roads blocked?

      SNOW - One inch accumulation or more in three hours. 4 inches in 12 hours or
      less.

      FREEZING PRECIPITATION - Any accumulation of sleet or freezing rain / drizzle.

      POOR VISIBILITY - Reduced visibility adversely impacting transportation. Less
      than one-half miles for DENSE FOG and BLOWING SNOW.
      BLOWING DUST and VOLCANIC ASH. Less than 300 feet

      SOUTHWEST WASHINGTON REGION

      1: TORNADO: A violently rotating column of air IN CONTACT with the ground and
      extending from the base of a thunderstorm.
      Visual Key: is there dust & debries being picked up below the funnel

      2: FUNNEL CLOUD: Violently rotating column of air that is not in contact with
      the ground.
      Visual Key: Look below the Funnel for Dust and debris being picked up if there
      is then it is a Tornado

      Wind: 50 mph or stronger
      Hail: 3/4 inch (penny or dime size) or larger in diameter
      Flooding: Any significant amount of water in normally dry areas
      River Flooding: Any river rising above their normal bank level
      Heavy Rain: Rain rates of 1 inch per hour or greater
      And - Rain greater than 1 inch in 24 hours
      Heavy Snow: Call while snowing at a rate of 1 inch per hour or greater
      And - Call with total snow fall if >= 1 inch when the snow ends
      Low Visibilities: Visibility less than 1/2 mile due to fog, dust, rain, or snow
      Freezing Rain: Any freezing rain

      EASTERN WASHINGTON REGION

      FUNNEL CLOUD OR TORNADO
      1: TORNADO: A violently rotating column of air IN CONTACT with the ground and
      extending from the base of a thunderstorm.
      Visual Key: is there dust & debries being picked up below the funnel

      2: FUNNEL CLOUD: Violently rotating column of air that is not in contact with
      the ground.
      Visual Key: Look below the Funnel for Dust and debris being picked up if there
      is then it is a Tornado

      HAIL
      Pea-sized or larger

      STRONG WINDS
      30 mph+ or winds that produce any damage. Estimate using Beaufort chart.

      HEAVY RAINFALL
      0.50 inch in one hour - showery
      1 inch in 12 hrs or 1.5 inches in 24 hrs � steady rain

      FLOODING
      Of any kind...including possible dam or levee failure. Watch for changing water
      levels.

      SNOW
      2 inches or more � valleys
      6 inches or more - mountains

      MIXED PRECIPITATION
      Any freezing rain or sleet

      POOR VISIBILITY
      One half mile or less in blowing dust or snow etc.

      TRAVEL PROBLEMS DUE TO WEATHER
      Conditions where poor or hazardous travel conditions observed or reported

      ANY DAMAGE, INJURY OR LOSS OF LIFE DUE TO WEATHER
      Be sure to include location, time and specific cause

      SOUTH CENTRAL WASHINGTON REGION

      1: TORNADO: A violently rotating column of air IN CONTACT with the ground and
      extending from the base of a thunderstorm.
      Visual Key: is there dust & debries being picked up below the funnel

      2: FUNNEL CLOUD: Violently rotating column of air that is not in contact with
      the ground.
      Visual Key: Look below the Funnel for Dust and debris being picked up if there
      is then it is a Tornado
      Location, time and direction of movement.

      Hail: Pea size or larger.

      Lightning: Continuous lightning (more than 6 flashes per minute).

      Heavy Rain: Half an inch or more per hour. Report heavy rain even if you are
      outside a flood prone area.

      Heavy Snow: Accumulations of four inches in 12 hours or one inch per hour.

      Flooding: Of ANY kind, including dam or levee failure. Are waters rising or
      falling?

      Damaging Wind: Trees or power lines knocked down, damage to buildings, etc.
      Report any wind of at least 40 mph using the Beaufort Scale.

      Fog, Blowing Dust, Blowing Snow: Report initial onslaught of event when poor
      visibility impacts travel.

      Freezing Rain: Report initial onslaught of event when it impacts travel.
      Mudslides: Any event causing damage or road closure.

      NATIONAL SEVERE WEATHER REPORTING HOT LINE 877-633-6772
    • cocorahs_wa@yahoogroups.com
      The National Weather Service has opened up a TOLL FREE Hotline for reporting Severe Weather. This Hotline is for the Public as well as Trained SKYWARN
      Message 122 of 122 , Apr 13 4:55 AM
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        The National Weather Service has opened up a TOLL FREE Hotline for reporting
        Severe Weather. This Hotline is for the Public as well as Trained SKYWARN
        Spotters.

        YOU MUST READ THE ENTIRE POST PRIOR TO REPORTING.
        The number is posted at the bottom of this notice.

        The National Weather Service encourages everyone to report severe weather.

        HOW TO REPORT SEVERE WEATHER USING THIS SYSTEM

        in order to use this system you must know your,

        1: Latitude Longitude by Degrees and Minutes

        2: Or Zip Code

        If either of these two items are not available then you must leave a very
        detailed voice message at the end as to your location

        What State are you in,
        What County are you in,
        What City are you in or closest to,
        What is the nearest cross street, highway or interstate,
        What mile post,
        What is a well known Landmark,
        What direction is the storm or event from your location
        Is it still occurring,
        what direction is it moving I.E. North, South, East, or West.

        Be as detailed, in your report and location as possible IDENTIFY YOUR SELF WITH
        YOUR NAME PHONE NUMBER, ADDRESS AND CoCoRaHS Station Number
        When Prompted to leave a Voice Message.

        When Prompted to leave a Voice Message, Remain Calm. Make sure you are in a safe location. The NWS would much rather not
        receive a report if it puts your safety in jeopardy.
        YOUR SAFETY COMES FIRST!!!

        Be as descriptive as possible, include thickness of tree limbs, rainfall
        amounts and any damage or weather occurrence you feel is important to report.

        SEVERE WEATHER REPORTING GUIDE LINES FOR WASHINGTON STATE

        WESTERN WASHINGTON REGION

        1: TORNADO: A violently rotating column of air IN CONTACT with the ground and
        extending from the base of a thunderstorm.
        Visual Key: is there dust & debris being picked up below the funnel

        2: FUNNEL CLOUD: Violently rotating column of air that is not in contact with
        the ground.
        Visual Key: Look below the Funnel for Dust and debris being picked up if there
        is then it is a Tornado

        TORNADO, WATERSPOUT, FUNNEL CLOUD, WALL CLOUD -

        Location, time, and direction of movement. Is it still visible? Watch for
        rotation in the cloud(s). Any damage?

        HAIL - Pea-sized or larger. Any damage?

        LIGHTNING - Frequent (4 or more per minute) cloud-to-ground lightning inforested
        areas.

        DAMAGING WINDS - Trees/power lines knocked down, damage to homes, etc. If you
        have an anemometer, report any sustained winds over 35 MPH or gusts over 50 mph.
        You Can also use the Beaufort Scale for an estimate. Note: sustained winds are a
        one
        minute average.

        HEAVY RAIN - One-half (0.50) inch in one hour. Two inches or more in 24 hours or
        less. Has it ended?

        FLOODING - OF ANY KIND! Are waters rising or falling? Any damage, mud or rock
        slides, and/or roads blocked?

        SNOW - One inch accumulation or more in three hours. 4 inches in 12 hours or
        less.

        FREEZING PRECIPITATION - Any accumulation of sleet or freezing rain / drizzle.

        POOR VISIBILITY - Reduced visibility adversely impacting transportation. Less
        than one-half miles for DENSE FOG and BLOWING SNOW.
        BLOWING DUST and VOLCANIC ASH. Less than 300 feet

        SOUTHWEST WASHINGTON REGION

        1: TORNADO: A violently rotating column of air IN CONTACT with the ground and
        extending from the base of a thunderstorm.
        Visual Key: is there dust & debries being picked up below the funnel

        2: FUNNEL CLOUD: Violently rotating column of air that is not in contact with
        the ground.
        Visual Key: Look below the Funnel for Dust and debris being picked up if there
        is then it is a Tornado

        Wind: 50 mph or stronger
        Hail: 3/4 inch (penny or dime size) or larger in diameter
        Flooding: Any significant amount of water in normally dry areas
        River Flooding: Any river rising above their normal bank level
        Heavy Rain: Rain rates of 1 inch per hour or greater
        And - Rain greater than 1 inch in 24 hours
        Heavy Snow: Call while snowing at a rate of 1 inch per hour or greater
        And - Call with total snow fall if >= 1 inch when the snow ends
        Low Visibilities: Visibility less than 1/2 mile due to fog, dust, rain, or snow
        Freezing Rain: Any freezing rain

        EASTERN WASHINGTON REGION

        FUNNEL CLOUD OR TORNADO
        1: TORNADO: A violently rotating column of air IN CONTACT with the ground and
        extending from the base of a thunderstorm.
        Visual Key: is there dust & debries being picked up below the funnel

        2: FUNNEL CLOUD: Violently rotating column of air that is not in contact with
        the ground.
        Visual Key: Look below the Funnel for Dust and debris being picked up if there
        is then it is a Tornado

        HAIL
        Pea-sized or larger

        STRONG WINDS
        30 mph+ or winds that produce any damage. Estimate using Beaufort chart.

        HEAVY RAINFALL
        0.50 inch in one hour - showery
        1 inch in 12 hrs or 1.5 inches in 24 hrs � steady rain

        FLOODING
        Of any kind...including possible dam or levee failure. Watch for changing water
        levels.

        SNOW
        2 inches or more � valleys
        6 inches or more - mountains

        MIXED PRECIPITATION
        Any freezing rain or sleet

        POOR VISIBILITY
        One half mile or less in blowing dust or snow etc.

        TRAVEL PROBLEMS DUE TO WEATHER
        Conditions where poor or hazardous travel conditions observed or reported

        ANY DAMAGE, INJURY OR LOSS OF LIFE DUE TO WEATHER
        Be sure to include location, time and specific cause

        SOUTH CENTRAL WASHINGTON REGION

        1: TORNADO: A violently rotating column of air IN CONTACT with the ground and
        extending from the base of a thunderstorm.
        Visual Key: is there dust & debries being picked up below the funnel

        2: FUNNEL CLOUD: Violently rotating column of air that is not in contact with
        the ground.
        Visual Key: Look below the Funnel for Dust and debris being picked up if there
        is then it is a Tornado
        Location, time and direction of movement.

        Hail: Pea size or larger.

        Lightning: Continuous lightning (more than 6 flashes per minute).

        Heavy Rain: Half an inch or more per hour. Report heavy rain even if you are
        outside a flood prone area.

        Heavy Snow: Accumulations of four inches in 12 hours or one inch per hour.

        Flooding: Of ANY kind, including dam or levee failure. Are waters rising or
        falling?

        Damaging Wind: Trees or power lines knocked down, damage to buildings, etc.
        Report any wind of at least 40 mph using the Beaufort Scale.

        Fog, Blowing Dust, Blowing Snow: Report initial onslaught of event when poor
        visibility impacts travel.

        Freezing Rain: Report initial onslaught of event when it impacts travel.
        Mudslides: Any event causing damage or road closure.

        NATIONAL SEVERE WEATHER REPORTING HOT LINE 877-633-6772
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