Many things make Middle Tennessee unique. We have Nashville, which is the home of country music and the Grand Ole Opry. We’re the home of Nissan USA’s headquarters. We’re one of the fastest growing areas in the United States.
And we have the #tSpotter program.
The guys at Nashville Severe Weather (@NashSevereWx) started the #tSpotter hashtag several years back in conjunction with the National Weather Service’s Nashville office as a way to solicit storm reports from the public through social media in a timely fashion, be able to filter through those reports and then submit the ones that are valid to NWS Nashville via NWS Chat.
This hashtag isn’t just limited to those who live in Davidson and Williamson Counties, which is the area Nashville Severe Weather covers.
Anyone in Middle Tennessee who is on Twitter can submit severe weather reports with the hashtag. This include reports of hail (size, location), wind damage (trees down,
God’s frisbees trampolines tossed, building damage or destruction, etc), flooding, snow, etc.
Some counties have volunteer coordinators following @NashSevereWx’s blueprint with their own pages dedicated to providing real-time updates during severe and winter weather, in addition to soliciting storm reports from their followers.
Those counties are listed on the map here:
The Upper Cumberland region is served by @MaconSevereWx, @OvertonSevereWx, @PutnamSevereWx, @SmithCountyWx and @TrousdaleWx.
Our Twitter page, @CumberlandWx, serves the broader Upper Cumberland Region; however, we don’t have the capacity to provide the same level of updates to the Twitter platform as the #tSpotter pages can, which is why we use Facebook and live stream there during bigger events.
If you’re on Twitter and in our region, follow the aforementioned pages. I (Anthony) run the Smith and Trousdale accounts. The guys who run the other accounts are awesome, and you should follow them!