Send Spotter Reports
This web site is an easy method to send spotter reports online through your computer! You have to be a registered weather spotter for the Inland Northwest to gain access to the system.
- What is
an NWS Weather Spotter?
The National Weather Service in Spokane is constantly
looking for volunteers who would like to become weather spotters.
Weather spotters provide 'on the spot' weather reports -- which cannot
be replaced by other means. These weather reports greatly assist the
National Weather Service in determining the strength of a storm and
its effects on the surrounding area.
- What Kind of
Weather Do Spotters Report?
think weather spotters are only useful to the National Weather Service
during thunderstorm season. However, spotters are vital to the year-round
operations of the National Weather Service. For example, reports of
freezing rain and heavy snow and flooding are equally useful to forecasters.
Spokane Spotter's Guide
Latest NWS Spotter Storm
- Where are weather
The National Weather Service is always recruiting new
weather spotters in all parts of the Inland Northwest. There is currently
a large concentration of spotters in the bigger cities of the region;
like the Spokane metro area, Coeur d'Alene, Wenatchee, Lewiston, Moses
Lake, and Pullman. There is a greater need for spotters in many of the
data sparse areas of the Columbia Basin and the northern Mountains.
For more specific areas, please the following Weather
Spotters Needed List.
- So How Do You
Become a Weather Spotter?
Contact the NWS. Please
include your name, address, phone number, elevation and distance from
email, send a post card, or call the office:
2601 N Rambo Rd
Spokane, WA 99224
the information is processed, you will receive a personal identification
number in the mail or email. Then you will be able to provide
official spotter reports via our toll free number or with our online
spotter reporting system, eSpotter . The most important types of weather to report
to the National Weather Service include snow, flooding, heavy rain,
wind damage, hail and tornados/funnel clouds.
All spotters are given a personal
identification number so that we may quickly identify
them and their location on our workstations. We occasionally call
our spotters at home to help assess weather situations -- and give
us an 'eyes on' view of the weather in their area.
Our weather spotters also receive a free paper copy of our quarterly
newsletter, The Inland Northwest
Weather Watcher or it can be viewed online. We also encourage
our weather spotters to send in interesting weather stories and pictures
to be included in the newsletter.
- What about
Weather Spotter Training?
spotter training sessions are conducted by the National Weather Service
throughout the year. It is an opportunity for spotters, in a particular
community or county, to meet and review basic spotter techniques and
weather safety concerns. You can find a list of the spotter sessions
currently scheduled. In addition, an ONLINE Spotter training is available
US Dept of Commerce
National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration
National Weather Service
Spokane Weather Forecast Office
2601 N. Rambo Rd.
Spokane, Washington 99224
Tel: (509) 244-0110
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