An important component of the Australian Bureau of Meteorology's Severe Thunderstorm Warning Service is a national network of volunteer Storm Spotters who provide "on-the-spot" information on damaging thunderstorms.
If you would like to join the Bureau's storm spotter network you need to be:
The Bureau provides comprehensive training material to all new spotters, and there is further information, training material and newsletters available online.
Strong tornado near highway between Nimmitabel and Cooma (l), hailstones from the Sydney hail storm of 1999 (r).
Storm Spotters are asked to report to the Bureau of Meteorology if they observe, or hear of:
Strong tornado near the highway between Nimmitabel and Cooma New South Wales, 23 December 2008. Photograph courtesy of Heather Leckie.
Hailstones from the Sydney hail storm, New South Wales,14 April 1999 compared with a seven-centimetre diameter cricket ball. Photograph courtesy of Milton Speer.
Top left column: A wall cloud at the base of a severe thunderstorm, Hornsby, New South Wales. Photograph courtesy of Andrew Treloar.