Monday, November 10, 2014

NWS weather spotter

I took the online weather-spotter 'webinar' recently and now have an ID.  I can now send in extreme-weather data to the Weather Service and be seen in the LSRPQR reports!  Sounds exciting but let's be honest: this is a rare deal that attributes nothing to me personally.  LSR is a local storm report, PQR means it's in the Portland office.  Maybe some day I will see a load of snow, a load of rain or a funnel cloud and check  in, but they don't want to hear reports of 'yup another quarter inch of rain' in November.

Cheap thrills but not insignificant, as such reports point out possible model errors and improve forecasts in the long run.  Everybody wins!

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