San Bernardino County Skywarn Spotter Procedures
Standard reporting procedures are outlined here including telephone, amateur radio and the NWS on-line storm report website form.
Report the event as it occurs, whether or not there is an activation, if you are observing a local weather that is significant; such as any weather related damage, strong thunderstorms, any hail, high winds, waterspouts, landspouts, dense fog (less than 300 ft), very heavy rain, tornadoes, any flooding, high surf, etc. Report now, not hours later! Let the forecasters have as much ground truth as we can provide.
If you have any doubts as to whether you should report an event, always report it. The NWS staff are very friendly to work with.
Reporting Criteria Guidelines can be found HERE.
Modes of Communications:
You can always call the forecaster direct on the restricted 800 spotter number. Keep in mind that it may be busy during an activation.
Used during SKYWARN activations:
HEAPS PK REPEATER: 145.120 (-)Tone 131.8.
BACK UP IF HEAPS IS INOP
CRESTLINE REPEATER: 146.850 (-) 146.2
BACK UP ON CRESTLINE: IS 445.360 (-) 162.2. .
Table Mt. 145.280 (-) 131.8 will still be used for Desert / Mtn. activations.
FOR THE BARSTOW AREA THE FLASH MTN REPEATER IS USED, WHICH IS 147.180 +pl 151.4, AND THAT IS LINKED TO THE RODMAN MTN REPEATER WHICH IS 147.885 –pl 151.4.
The best method is reporting ONLINE. This method sends the report to the forecasters computer. They have to respond to it since it appears on their computer screen. Click HERE to use the ONLINE spotter report.