Weather Spotters

Storm Spotters & Storm Spotting


Our department uses a variety of storm spotting volunteers, including our Cities, Fire Departments, Law Enforcement Agencies, and our CERT volunteers.

Butler County storm spotting volunteers are required to attend at least one storm spotter class each year. If a class is attended outside Butler County, proof of attendance must be provided.
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Reporting Requirements for Storm Spotters


If you are reporting weather-related events to the Emergency
Operations Center (EOC), the following reports in particular are requested:

  • Tornadoes, funnel clouds, or rotating wall clouds
  • 1-inch or larger hail stones (quarter-sized and above)
  • Winds greater than 58 mph
  • Rain greater than 1" per hour
  • Water over the roadways or roads impassable due to high water
  • Storm damage (downed trees or limbs, structural damage, etc.)
When making a report, please remember to include the following:
  • Who you are
  • Where the event is occurring - location from the nearest city or a major landmark
  • What you have seen or are seeing
  • Movement of the event