If you’ve ever wondered how to become a storm spotter or weather reporter, you’re not alone! (And you already know you’re a weather geek or a storm chaser.) It may be time to get involved with your local weather community.
Get on Social Media
Weather enthusiasts are all around, and there are more of us than you think! You’ve seen your local TV meteorologist report on Old Joe’s temperature in the country, or how much snowfall Grandma Gina reported outside of town. Now, with social media and a personal weather station, it’s easy to join the local weather conversation. Simply find your favorite local TV meteorologist or news channel on Facebook, Instagram, or Twitter and start following them. Soon you’ll see weather reports trickling in, and you can add your very own AcuRite weather station data, with photos. You may even be mentioned live, on-air! Remember to use #AcuRite or @AcuRite so other weather geeks can join you in monitoring their backyard weather conditions with an AcuRite 5-in-1 Weather Station or with the new AcuRite Atlas!
Join Local Weather Watchers Groups
You can take it a step further with one of your local news stations. Some, such as KTBS in Shreveport, Louisiana, have official Weather Watchers programs. With an official form to submit weather data, the Weather Watchers group is able to get the data directly to the meteorologist for use on-air! How’s that for sharing your wireless weather station’s data?
Become an Official Storm Spotter with the NWS
The National Weather Service (NWS) has an ongoing program to train civilians as official storm spotters through SKYWARN training. The NWS welcomes emergency officials such as police officers and emergency response personnel into the training, but also encourages attendance by anyone who may be responsible for the safety of others (working in hospitals, schools, or nursing homes). Additionally, concerned private citizens and weather enthusiasts are welcome to join the training to become an official storm spotter! It is a free training with your local NWS office that lasts roughly two hours. So check your local NWS office for and updated list of 2019 SKYWARN training sessions. The Weather Spotter Field Guide and the SKYWARN Fact Sheet are great places to start.