By Chris Shaffer

MINNEAPOLIS (WCCO) — The severe weather season is almost here, and this year WCCO will be able to bring you a more detailed forecast than ever before.

That’s because our weather watchers send us temperature readings and rainfall totals right from neighborhoods all around Minnesota. And over the weekend, 100 weather watchers stopped by our studios.

At the moment, the network is more than 500 strong.

“I’m shocked at how quickly people embraced this idea,” said WCCO meteorologist Mike Augustyniak.

Not only did the weather watchers help us with an upcoming promotion, they also saw how we build our forecasts and learned how we use the mobile weather watcher.

But their visit was more than just a behind-the-scenes look at WCCO. These volunteers learned how to become trained weather spotters by the National Weather Service.

Information is crucial when severe storms roll in. You can join our weather watcher network by applying here.


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