Physically observe storms to determine their location and strength.
What does a Storm Spotter do?
Radar reports help Meteorologists predict that a storm will occur in a particular location. These are just predictions, however, and Mother Nature often doesn’t like to stick to the plan. The storm may never arrive, or it may happen in an entirely different place. A Storm Spotter provides an eyewitness account of a storm, confirming when it has arrived and where it is located at a particular moment.
Rather than chasing a storm from place to place, your job as a Storm Spotter requires you to stay put and stay alert. When you know that a storm is scheduled to arrive, you watch the sky and look for particular cloud shapes. Measuring how much rain has fallen or how big hailstones are might also provide clues about where the storm is centered and how strong it is.
As a Storm Spotter, safety is your top priority, and you only take measurements when it’s safe for you to do so. Running outside in a strong storm to measure hail is not only silly; it’s also a bit worthless, as you’re unlikely to get any sort of accurate measurement. The fact that you cannot leave your house is measurement enough that the storm is loud and in control.
Since cell phones and landlines are unlikely to work during a storm, you’re proficient at using old-fashioned radios and CB systems. Every measurement you take and every weather-related problem you see must be reported to news agencies and local emergency personnel, so they can warn and evacuate people, and help the community prepare.