What Severe Weather to Report

 to ARES Nets.

Severe Weather Flooding and Rainfall Winter Weather
  • Tornadoes, funnel clouds, wall clouds, and persistent cloud rotation.
  • Structural damage from tornadoes or severe wind gusts.
  • Any trees uprooted or downed.
  • Multiple large healthy limbs downed (at least 3" in diameter).
  • Hail of 1/2" diameter or larger.
  • Hail covering the ground.
  • Do not report lightning or garden variety thunderstorms below severe level.
  • 1" or more of rainfall in one hour or less (measured).
  • Flooding that results in evacuations or rescues.
  • Cars or trailers carried away by flood waters.
  • Water entering the main level of homes or businesses.
  • Roads closed or impassable due to high water.
  • Rapidly rushing water across roadways.
  • More than one foot of water across roads.
  • Small streams overflowing their banks.
  • 1" or more of snow per hour.
  • 1" or more of snow in the past 24 hours.
  • When first measuring 2", 4", or 6" of snow.
  • Storm total snowfall and snow depth.
  • Any freezing rain or freezing drizzle.
  • Any thunder or lightning associated with winter precipitation.


Go to this link for more info on snow measurement at home.


as of 1/22/2014  REF: Wilmington Spotter Page.