When the six meter backbone is operational, we take reports from the district liaisons. The district nets receive their reports from county liaisons, which in turn get their reports from spotters in the field.

This is the ideal situation – however, we are all volunteers, so some nets may not be up during severe weather events.  If that is the case, here are some guidelines to follow:

  • If you are a spotter in the field
    • Please make your reports directly to your local county Skywarn net (see the NWS Cleveland site for frequency information).
    • If your county net is not up, report directly to your district net.
    • If your district net is not up, you may report directly into the backbone.
    • If the backbone is not up, call the National Weather Service office on the phone using the number printed on your spotter card.
  • If you are a county net control operator or liaison
    • Ensure reports meet the criteria – disregard them if they do not.
    • Pass spotter reports to your district net.
    • If your district net is not up, pass reports directly to the backbone.
    • If the backbone is not up, call the National Weather Service office on the phone using the number printed on your spotter card.
  • If you are a district net control operator or liaison
    • Ensure reports meet the criteria – disregard them if they do not.
    • Pass spotter reports to the backbone net.
    • If the backbone is not up, call the National Weather Service office on the phone using the number printed on your spotter card.