How do you become a NWS spotter?
You must be at least 18 years old, be able to observe weather (though no instruments are required), and have access to a telephone or be an amateur radio operator so you can relay your reports. Note: You do not have to be an amateur radio operator to be a SKYWARN SPOTTER.
Do weather spotters get paid?
Will I get paid for being a spotter? No. Storm spotting is a volunteer service. A spotter can help out their community by being the “eyes” of the National Weather Service.
What radar do storm chasers use?
While storm chasing out in the field, storm chasers rely partly on weather radar data they receive through the internet. Here are some of the sites they use.
|National Radar Images|
|Southeast – Weather Underground|
|Tornado Alley Radars|
|NCAR-RAP NWS Radar Page|
|Des Moines, IA – NWS||Omaha, NE – NWS|
What is a storm watcher?
A storm watch means that severe weather hasn’t occurred yet, but upcoming weather conditions are expected to produce potentially dangerous weather, such as heavy rain, hail or strong gusts of wind.
How do you become a storm watcher?
Complete the 2 Online National Skywarn Training Modules. The courses are “The Role of the Skywarn Spotter” and “Skywarn Spotter Convective Basics”. The courses will require you to register with the Meted Training Site.
- All Hazards Weather Radio.
- Skywarn Storm Spotters.
- About Our Office.
When should a spotter be used?
If you are required to work between 3 metres and 6.4 metres from an overhead power line then you will need a registered spotter as this is known as a Spotter Zone.
How do you get paid for storm chasing?
For most people, storm chasing is just a hobby. The best way to become a paid storm chaser is to become a meteorologist. Meteorologists study weather events and get paid by a laboratory or university to chase storms for research purposes.
Can you make money being a storm chaser?
A storm chaser makes a median salary of $18,000 a year, mostly from selling data, video, and photography they take. However a meteorologist makes far more than this, and are usually paid a salary by an employer.