Brian Smith, at the National Weather Service office in Valley, says there are new tools to report severe weather.
“For the storm spotter, there’s various new ways of sending information,” Smith says. “You can send reports of precipitation using your iPhone or smartphone and it will display on radar maps or whatever that we have.”
Smith says they still need spotters on the ground to perform an important role, even though the weather service does a pretty good job with tracking large storm systems.
“It’s those other storms that produce tornadoes that we can’t see very well on radar,” he says. “We count on those spotters. Not only that, the radar can’t see all the way down to the ground so we need them to confirm what they’re seeing.”
Smith says they should be able to find enough spotters to help them through the storm season, but more are always welcome.
Severe Weather Awareness Week will begin March 25th in Nebraska.
By Jerry Oster, WNAX, Yankton