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Northeast Missouri in need of storm spotters

This information helps forecasters zone in on what's happening on the ground. (Louis Finley/KTVO)

Telling a complete weather story for rural northeast Missouri is difficult.

With radar monitors coming from Des Moines and Kansas City, Matthew Chambers of the Macon County Office of Emergency Management is enlisting storm spotters from the county to help provide a better scope of severe weather in the area.

"The more information we get the easier it is to collaborate that information together, and to put together a more complete picture together for the weather service," Chambers said.

Those who join his cause don't have to leave their home.

"Calling, texting, Facebooking us saying this is what's going on in our community for the weather," is all perspective weather spotters have to do.

This information helps forecasters zone in on what's happening on the ground.

"We can take that information, share it with the weather service and our media partners,” Chambers said.

This helps fill in the gaps.

"The radar from Kansas City and St. Louis are looking 10,000 to 14,000 feet above our heads, which doesn't show those low-level features in the storm that well," Chambers said.

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