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|New Snowfall/Winter Weather Reporting Criteria for NWS State College SkywarnTM Spotters|
|In order to obtain more frequent, more detailed, and more complete snowfall (and winter precipitation) information, the NWS in State College is asking our SkyWarnTM Spotter Network to report using new criteria starting this winter season. |
These new criteria will help us keep the best information flowing to the rest of the world. This should allow everyone to make better-informed decisions during these critical weather events.
In addition to the new criteria, we will also try to include a statement in our daily Hazardous Weather Outlook (HWO) when we request the spotters to report. The statement will be something like "Spotters...please report snowfall information."
The HWO is played on NOAA Weather Radio, and is accessible from the left-hand menu (near the top) of all of our web pages as "Hazardous Outlook."
Starting immediately, we are asking that our spotters report during winter weather events using the following criteria:
- When snow accumulation reaches 3 inches
- When snow accumulation reaches 6 inches
- Storm total after the snow ends (also water equivalent if possible)
- If snow is falling at the rate of more than 1 inch per hour
- Any occurrence of or accumulation of freezing rain
- Accumulation of ice of 1/4 (one-quarter) inch or more on trees or wires
- When forecast winter precipitation differs significantly from observed (i.e. snowing with no snow in forecast, sleet...when only snow is forecast...)
- Any other significant weather occurrence/oddity (i.e. flooding due to snow melt/ice jam, damage from strong winds not associated with a thunderstorm)
These new criteria are reflected in our What to Report page, as well.
We thank all of our volunteer SkyWarnTM Spotters for their diligence and willingness to help us, and to help their neighbors. If you have questions about the SkyWarnTM Program, or would like to become a Spotter, see the information on our SkyWarnTM Page(s).
Remember that our Snowfall Information page will contain links to all the current forecasts, and real-time information, past event and seasonal totals, and climatology (what is normal).
|Valentine's Day Ice Storm in State College, PA, February 2000|
2007 Weather Events/Features:
- Strong Winds crossed the region on Dec 23rd, causing damage in spots.
- Ice and Snow Storm of December 13th
- First Clipper of the Season, December 5th
- Snow-Sleet-Freezing Rain-Rain of December 2nd and 3rd
- Snow Arrives in Central Pennsylvania (Nov 17-18)
- 2007 Holm Award
- New Snowfall/Winter reporting criteria for SkyWarn Spotters!
- October 2007 Warmest October Ever at Williamsport and Harrisburg
- Arctic Sea Ice Below Normal
- October 2007 will be the hottest October ever!
- October's (Record) Hot Weather
- Severe Storms and Tornado of 26 Sept 2007.
- Severe Thunderstorms - August 30, 2007
- Severe Thunderstorms - August 25, 2007
- Large Hail Producing Storms in Lycoming County - August 17th
- EF1 Tornado in Eastern Centre County (Aug 7th)
- Thunderstorms produced flooding, hail and wind damage on Sunday Evening (July 29th)
- Pulse severe storms on Saturday (July 28th)
- A Brief Reprieve From The Dry Summer Weather (July 20th)
- How dry has it been? (Mid July)
- Hot Weather Arrives in Central Pennsylvania (July 10th)
- Heavy Rain and Hail around Harrisburg on July 5th
- Office view of the State College fireworks display
- Pulse Storms in Record Heat of June 27th, 2007
- Widespread Severe Weather Event, June 19th, 2007
- Severe Thunderstorms in Northeast Flow - Day 2 - June 13th, 2007
- Severe Thunderstorms in Northeast Flow - Day 1 - June 12th, 2007
- Severe Squall Line Event June 8th, 2007
- Severe (Hail) Storms of 27 May 2007.
- NWS Open House Severe Weather Event, 12 May 2007.
- Severe (Hail) Storms of 10 May 2007.
- Late Season Nor'Easter (16 March).
- The Valentine's Day Storm (13-14 February).
- Late Start to the Snow - Winter 2006-07.
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