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Photo/Video Submission


The National Weather Service in Pittsburgh has an email address for public spotters to submit photo/video reports. Pictures and videos provide valuable ground truth information and are helpful in verification efforts. Submitted photos and videos will aid in training spotters on identifying weather hazards and phenomena common to the area. We are seeking images of all types of weather, preferably from eastern Ohio, western Pennsylvania, north-central West Virginia, and Western Maryland.

Please be aware that any photo which appears on a webpage is part of the public domain. They may be downloaded, copied and used by others. Therefore, before a photo can appear online, the NWS must have written permission from the owner permitting a releasing into the public domain.


The following information must be included for photos to appear online:

1) Photographer's name

2) Location of photo

3) Date photo was taken

4) Express written permission in your email stating that you are the rightful owner of the image, and you release the image into the public domain.

Photo descriptions are helpful, but optional.

Please email you photos/videos with the required information to:

*This email address is intended only for photo/video reports.
Please direct all other inquires to:



What type of images will be accepted?

  • digital image files (jpg,tif,png,gif and bmp) - includes scanned images
  • digital video files (avi, mov, mp4, mpeg, qt, rm, wmv, flv)

NOTE: Links to images posted elsewhere on the Internet (ie:other photo galleries)cannot be accepted; only attached image files can be considered.

By submitting images, you agree:

  • that you are the rightful owner of the image.
  • that the submitted images can be used by the National Weather Service in training presentations, printed materials and NWS/NOAA Web site.
  • any images with a personal trademark will not be accepted.
  • the submitted images may be downloaded, copied, and used by others.
  • that the images may be added to or removed from our web site.
  • that you may not receive a reply email or conformation that you image is being used on our website.
  • if we receive complaints of copyright infringement, the image in question will be immediately removed from NWS web sites.


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