The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration operates a network of weather stations and weather radars across the United States. The combination of physics and budgets, however, only lets Noaa's meteorologists observe conditions at a medium resolution. Weather and its effects can be very local, so networks of amateur weather-watchers - the original crowdsourcing - form an important part of Noaa's operations.
The Sentinel and Enterprise wrote about one of these networks. The Skywarn program enlists volunteers - especially amateur radio operators - to report on severe weather events that may happen in the gaps in weather coverage.