Written by Spotter Network    Saturday, 27 March 2010 00:00    Print
Spotter Network

Spotter Network

The Spotter Network is dedicated to bringing storm spotters, storm chasers, coordinators and public servants together in a seamless network of information. We strive to provide accurate position data of spotters and chasers for coordination/reporting which in turn provides ground truth to public servants engaged in the protection of life and property. The network is a combination of locally installed software for position and status reporting, and web based processing and mapping.

The SN is officially an Illinois registered Non-Profit corporation, but run as an organization of like minded individuals taking input from the various communities that it serves and making the output available to any and all who are interested in severe weather.
The SN has a Board of Directors and an advisory committee made up of the following individuals.

Board of Directors
Tyler Allison - Original Developer of the Spotter Network
Paul Sirvatka - Professor of Meteorology, College of DuPage
Gilbert Sebenste - Staff Meteorologist, Northern Illinois University

Advisory Committee
Rob Dale - Meteorologist WLNS Channel 6, Lansing/Jackson, MI
Evan Bookbinder - Meteorologist NWS Springfield, MO
Albert Pietrycha - Meteorologist NWS Goodland, KS
Scott Blair - Meteorologist NWS Topeka, KS
Greg Stumpf - Research Meteorologist University of Oklahoma
Andrew Revering - Private Meteorologist, software developer
John Wetter - SKYWARN operations coordinator NWS Chanhassen, MN
Ben Holcomb - Storm Chaser
Craig Curlee - Storm Chaser
Brett Adair - Storm Chaser

Though National Weather Service staff and offices utilize the data that flows through the network, the Spotter Network is in no way sanctioned or affiliated with the NWS nor any of the other government agencies that benefit from spotter information and coordination efforts.

The original Spotter Network went operational in April 2006 and quickly grew to over 100 spotters. Since that time, several National Weather Service employees and other officials have taken an interest in the capabilities it brings to them to integrate ground truth provided by spotters into their operational responsibilities. All at ZERO cost to them. Subsequent versions of the network expanded the coordinator and reporting capabilities and the NWS eSpotter integration was completed in early September 2006.

To join Spotter Network, go to their website at http://www.spotternetwork.org


Last Updated ( Saturday, 27 March 2010 15:01 )