Reporting Severe Weather

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Tornadoes, hail, strong winds, flooding...the National Weather Service is responsible for issuing warnings for many types of severe weather. NWS has many tools to help them anticipate and warn for these hazards. However, ground truth reports of actual weather events always have, and always will, depend on reports from human observers.

That is where the National Weather Service Storm Reporting comes in.

For the Gray forecast area you can call 207-688-3216 or visit

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If you are interested in becoming a trained Skywarn spotter, contact the National Weather Service Forecast Office nearest you. Links to the Gray and Caribou Forecast Offices are listed below. Skywarn spotters receive special training, and agree to provide local weather data to the NWS on a regular basis.

IMPORTANT NOTE: If you are a trained Skywarn spotter, please use the instructions given to you at your training session.

When should you report?

When it is safe to do so, if you observe any of the following:

  • Tornado or funnel cloud
  • Strong winds (55-60 MPH or greater) or wind damage (structural damage or trees/power lines down)
  • Hail the size of pennies (3/4 inch diameter) or larger
  • Stream flooding, street flooding, or streams approaching bankfull
  • Snowfall of 3 inches or more

Remember, first ensure that you are safe.

So next time the weather is really nasty, don't just talk about the weather, do something about it! Give the National Weather Service a report and let them know what's happening in your area.

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