Amateur Radio Emergency Services Association (ARES)


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Spotter Reporting Guide (Download pdf)

What To Report
  Spotter Reporting Criteria
  • Any Hail,regardless of size!
  • Measured Wind Gusts over 50 mph
  • Wind Damage (Less than 10% of thunderstorms are severe)
    • Estimate speed
    • Size of branches
    • Size of trees
    • number of trees
    • IMPACTS (power outages, blocking roads, impassable)
  • Funnel Cloud -or- Tornado (ROTATION)
    • Tornado - MUST see damage or debris being lifted
  • Flooding
Tornado Chart - EF-Scale   (Download a copy)
Hurricane Wind Chart   (Download a copy)
Sky Watcher Chart - Cloud Patterns   (Download a copy)

 Last Update:  09/12/2016    © Copyright Sumter County ARES. All Rights Reserved.