What is Twitter? According to Twitter , Twitter is: “ without a doubt the best way to share and discover what is happening right now.” Perhaps a less biased description of Twitter would: “ Twitter is a free social networking and microblogging service that enables its users to send and read messages known as tweets .” - Wikipedia
What is a Tweet? It is a 140 character (or less) message that a user (tweeter) sends out that is posted on their Twitter home page and also sent to the tweeter’s subscribers called followers?
#STwx (where "ST" is your state two letter id)
For the #wxreport, it would cover significant weather the tweeter actually saw and would include: tornado, hail, snow greater than an inch, dense fog and dust, floods, strong winds etc.
For the #wxob, it would cover weather observed that was not significant and would include: standard weather obs, non-significant weather etc.
For the #STwx, it would cover weather information that would be useful to the public and would include: reported storm tracks, reported storm damages, road closures, watch and warning information etc.
NWS and Twitter The National Weather Service wants to tap into this army of weather enthusiasts (trained and untrained) who use Twitter and give them a quick easy way to transmit their weather reports.
What do the tweeters do? http://weather.gov/stormreports (public information page)
Storm reports via Twitter project information (#wxreport): http://www.weather.gov/stormreports 3 rd Party page showing the mapped tweets: http://ow.ly This presentation: http://ow.ly/ Weather hash tags #wxreport , #wxob and #STwx Questions???