...This is winter weather preparedness week...
The key to a good winter weather forecast...warning...or advisory starts with good observations. An important component of this is the reports the National Weather Service receives from citizen observers. Help the National Weather Service by providing reports of snow...sleet...freezing rain...and ice jam flooding.
To learn how to properly measure winter precipitation...visit www.Weather.Gov/Chicago...www.Facebook.Com/nwschicago or www.Twitter.Com/nwschicago
There is also a smart phone application that allows citizen observers to provide reports of winter precipitation to the National severe storms laboratory. Visit http://mping.NSSL.NOAA.Gov for more information.
National Weather Service Chicago has a network of volunteer ice spotters that provide observations of ice formation...and the extent of that formation on area rivers. This information is vital in the event of ice jam flooding. Visit www.Weather.Gov/Chicago for information on becoming an ice spotter.