Tools and Applications
Because there are so many aspects of covering the weather, we provide you with a list of resources that will help you cover the weather. We also provide examples and guidelines on what we'd love to see!
See It Snap It Send It
We recommend our Weather Network Reporters sign up for a See It Snap It Send It account. It's free and uses the "Cell phone Journalist" service. When you register your cell phone or email address with the service, it will automatically recognize you as the sender of photos when you upload photos or videos to firstname.lastname@example.org.
You don't have to use the service, but any photos or videos you send will be listed as "anonymous." We want you to get credit for your work!
It's also where videos and photos uploaded from our WECT News and WECT Weather app are sent.
WECT Smart phone Apps
We offer two great apps for Android and iPhone users. We recommend them both, but the WECT Weather app has plenty of tools you can use.
It also allows you to submit video and photos directly to our See It Snap It Send It service.
Streaming Video Apps
First and foremost never put yourself and others in danger! We want you to provide us with info in a safe and responsible manner.
We also recommend keeping your smart phone or digital camera ready at all times. You never know when you'll want to capture something amazing on camera!
Download our WECT Weather app so you can easily upload pictures or video with a simple touch of your screen.
Reporting Severe Weather
In times of severe weather, your reports will become invaluable to providing "ground truth" and conditions in your community.
Any significant reports (damage, sightings etc) you pass along to the First Alert Weather Team are immediately passed to the National Weather Service. These reports can help in verification, issuance of warnings, or potentially life saving information to folks in the path of dangerous weather.
The possibilities are endless on how you cover the weather and send us video. Of course, there are a few basic rules for certain aspects of the weather.
Showcase the weather
Of course, the sky will be the single-most important aspect of your videos and pictures, but there are more creative ways to tell the weather, especially with video.
For example, for a pleasant day with a light breeze, try and find a light tree swaying in the wind or flags flapping. But don't forget to include the sky!
On rainy or windy days you can get a bit more creative. Show puddles or cars driving through wet streets. And the sounds of wind or rain can really tell the weather story for you!
Tips for Shooting Video