What to report, what not to report, and net tips.
The national weather service requests reports of the following:
  • Hail of Any Size (Diameter specified in inches)
  • Measured or Estimated Thunderstorm Winds of 50+ MPH
  • Funnel Clouds
  • Roll Clouds
  • Wall Clouds (Specify rotating or non-rotating)
  • Tornadoes
  • Thunderstorm-related Damage
  • Downed Tree Limbs(Size? Alive/Dead?)
  • Flooding
  • Anything else which may be life-threatening

We request you do NOT report the following:

  • General Rainfall ("It's raining hard in Delta Township")
  • Lightning
  • General Thunderstorm Conditions
  • Sky Conditions
  • Thunder
  • Tornado Sirens Going Off

When reporting any of the above, please call in your report with TEL (Time-Event-Location). Please use location relative to the nearest town such as: "3/4 inch hail at 1937 hours 2 miles north of Leslie on US-127". If you are in a town, specify that you are in that town. If in a larger town or City, please specify what side of town ie "Northwest Side of Lansing near the Airport" or "East Side of Lansing near Frandor". Cross streets are helpful if you can provide those as well.

Skywarn Net Tips:

  • Speak slower. This helps ensure a cleaner copy in all signal conditions and reduces the possibility of net control needing you to repeat information.

  • Keep chatter to a minimum to allow net control updates, check-ins, and to allow the opportunity of a net upgrade when it is needed. There are no direct communications during condition Yellow and Red.

  • Check-ins are for condition Green or Yellow only. No check-ins during Code Red (full activation).

  • During Condition Red only pass priority traffic such as storm or damage reports (those things that may pose a threat to life or property).

  • All other (non weather) communications need to move to another frequency, especially under condition yellow and red.

  • Remember to use TEL (Time-Event-Location) for all reports (as described above).

  • Weather conditions and radar updates will be periodically read during Skywarn nets.

  • The repeater may not have a courtesy tone and much shorter squelch tale during weather nets.

  • If conditions are favorable for severe weather, you can check to see if there is a warning or severe weather before calling on the repeater. CLICK HERE for the latest information via the National Weather Service and note if there is a hazardous weather outlook, watch, warning, or special weather statement when you click your location on the map.