GOLDEN VALLEY, Minn. - Meteorologists spend a lot of time looking at radar, especially in extreme weather events. If they are inside at the computer, that means we aren't out and about experiencing the conditions as they happen, but a new app is giving everyone the chance to help out.
When a person reports what they're seeing, meteorologist can use that information in forecasts. A new App called mPING lets you be our eyes and ears outside of the KARE 11 weather center.
When weather happens, the app is used to relay where you are and what kind of precipitation you're seeing.
There's a special emphasis on hail for the National Severe Storms Laboratory in Oklahoma.
In addition to helping us local meteorologists, the NSSL is using the data you provide to improve the way weather computers estimate a storm's hail potential.
The app is called mPING and it was made by the University of Oklahoma and available for Androids and iPhones.
(Copyright 2013 by KARE. All Rights Reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.)