Become a SkyWarn Weather Spotter for the National Weather Service. Meteorologists can't see all of the storms, especially the further away from the radar they are. They need ground observations from trained weather spotters to report significant weather.
Share your weather related pictures and videos with tag #IWVWeather and #HNXSpotter to show on this website, everybody can find it on social media, and the local NWS Hanford office also sees it.
Send a Weather Spotter Report by using this link: Submit Report
It is important to know the difference between the various alerts we can receive from the National Weather Service. Warnings and Amber Alerts are the only messages that are sent through the WEA service on the cellular networks. Other Apps would be needed to receive the Advisory and Watch alerts from the NWS on these devices.
A weekly test is issued by the National Weather Service on Wednesdays between 11AM and Noon. For those monitoring NOAA Weather Radio, your radio will alert you to the test if it is working properly.
Monitor the local weather by listening to NOAA Weather Radio. Dedicated radios can be purchased rather cheaply online.
Here are recommended radio to have available:
Cobra CWR200 (Handheld)
Use SAME code: 006029 for the Indian Wells Valley,
Use SAME code: 006027 for the Owens Valley
Use a cellular phone that supports Wireless Emergancy Alerts (WEA). These phones will receive emergency alerts that are sent by the National Weather Service for the area you are located in. More Information on WEA
Mesowest Table - http://www.wrh.noaa.gov/mesowest/mwmap.php?list=1&wfo=hnx&map=hnx&sort=name
Radar - http://www.intellicast.com/Local/WxMap.aspx?latitude=35.37&longitude=-119.01&zoomLevel=8&opacity=1&basemap=0014&layers=0039
Satellite Water Vapor Loop - http://www.goes.noaa.gov/GSSLOOPS/wcwv.html
CHP - http://cad.chp.ca.gov/Traffic.aspx
CalTrans - http://quickmap.dot.ca.gov/
This area does occasionally get severe weather. It is important to monitor the situation when storms present. Usually this area gets Thunderstorms with dangerous Cloud to Ground lightning, Microbursts, High Winds, and Flash Flooding. The National Weather office in Hanford is your official source for weather related information/warnings.