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ReportStorms.com: Community Weather Reporting with Virtual Earth

image Weather Central launched a new beta community site called “ReportStorms.com” that let’s you report storms in your area. The site, built with Microsoft Virtual Earth and a Silverlight interface, allows you to view in climate weather around the world but even better it allows you to report weather happenings wherever you are. You can register for free and login to report conditions anywhere you can click on a Virtual Earth map….which is anywhere in the world.

To report an event, go to ReportStorms.com and simply right click anywhere on the map, then click the “Report Event” button the pops up. Enter the date, the time and the type of event (as listed above). Now, depending on the type of event you select you could provide some additional information such as with Wind – is it windy enough to knock down some branches or are we seeing building damage; or, Hail – is it the size of a pea, penny, quarter, ping pong ball all the way up to softball (4.50 inches)….good lord! Where does that happen? Where do you head for cover?!? Additionally, you can upload a picture or video with your report (top photos and videos are also browse-able in the navigation). Click submit and your event is instantly planted onto the site for the world to see.

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