As many of you know, one of my driving factors for finally getting licensed was to become involved in the Skywarn program and to become an active storm spotter. I have taken one of the NWS spotter classes, but I was wondering if someone might be able to walk us all through what the Net Control of a weather net looks like.
I was not able to get out of the house tonight so like many of you I enjoyed listening to the active weather nets as the storms rolled through Oklahoma and into our backyards. I know Washington Co and Benton Co both had active nets tonight, and the Benton Co one was ran by BCRO members Paul and Mark. Thank you for your efforts sirs.
I was just wondering if someone would be willing to share the details on what happens once a Weather Net is declared. Here are a few of my questions. Please feel free to add any questions you may have as well. This is a position I would be interested in assisting with in the future so I would really like to learn the nuts and bolts of how we serve our communities.
What activates a Weather Net?
Do we work with the NWS out of Tulsa to relay reports actively during an event? I know we are usually the tail end of these storms, but there are still people in the path that need updated info. Just didn’t know if the NWS cared to hear from us once it clears OK.
Do we work with the county in any capacity to relay our reports back to LEO, FD, and EMS that may be working the impacted areas?
Does Net Control ever “dispatch” spotters in a general direction to make sure we have coverage?
Just based on past activity, how many mobile spotters do we usually have active in NWA?
Sorry for all the questions, but I am genuinely curious about how this all works in our area as we head into the most active part of storm season.
Thank you in advance, and 73