Terms and conditions


This page outlines the terms and conditions for registering with and taking part in BBC Weather Watchers.

House Rules

These house rules are to keep you safe and help you enjoy being part of the Weather Watchers community.

1. We're inviting you to upload photos of the weather you're currently experiencing to help us tell the weather story. It is very important that you specify the correct date, time, and location that you observed the weather conditions recorded in your report. If this was in the past, please change the time and date at the top of the 'Create Report' screen. For example, if you took a photo of the sunset last night but uploaded it today you must state yesterday's date, time, and location in your report. We cannot use reports which have incorrect data.

2. At the moment, Weather Watchers is only open to people who are 16 or older. Parents or teachers are welcome to involve children in their care in the club, but someone who's 16 or older will need to set up and oversee the account. Weather Watchers is open to private individuals and non-commercial amateur weather groups. Commercial enterprises, businesses, charities or organisations are not allowed to join. Sorry about that.

3. Please don't post any advertising, promotion of products or services, or web links (URLs).

4. When you register with us, we ask for your email so we can validate your access to the site and for other service administration purposes. From time to time we may also contact a small number of Weather Watchers to ask if they'd like to take part in related TV or radio programmes. We may also contact you to ask further questions about your weather observations.

5. By signing up to BBC Weather Watchers, you give permission for us to use information in your weather reports (including photos) across the BBC. Any comments you include in your report are for your records only, so we won't share or use them on air. We will only use your reports in the context of Weather Watchers or weather-related stories.

6. Please respect your own and other people's privacy. Don't include contact or identification details in your reports, such as phone numbers, postal or email addresses or social media contacts. Please don't reveal any personal information about yourself or others as it might inadvertently put you or someone else at risk.

7. Please don't include anything that can directly identify your location. So no house names or numbers, no street names, no building names and no descriptions of the location of your house. For more information about online safety please visit the BBC guide to online safety.

8. We're inviting you to upload photos of the weather you're experiencing. Any photos must be of places NOT people. We won't be able to accept any photos that include identifiable people.

9. In photos, please avoid identifying individual private buildings or homes. Pictures should focus on scenery and illustrating the weather you're reporting: a beautiful sunrise, snow on a hedge, the bins blown over by the wind.

10. To use a photo, you need to have taken it yourself, or have permission from the person who took it. Breaking copyright law can result in being taken to court. You must also include the correct time, date, and location that you took the photo in your report. For more information, see the BBC's guide to copyright.

11. Obscene or otherwise inappropriate images are absolutely not acceptable and will be removed. Anyone who posts inappropriate images may have their accounts suspended and be required to leave the club. Weather Watchers can report inappropriate photos using a simple link below each report card.

12. This is a shared space community full of like-minded people. So be open and kind. Abusive or disruptive behaviour is not allowed on the BBC website. This includes:

- Using swear words (including abbreviations or alternative spellings) or other content likely to offend;

- Harassing, threatening or causing distress or inconvenience to any person or people;

- Flaming: This means posting something that's angry and mean-spirited;

- Trolling: This means posting deliberately provocative things just to stir up trouble;

- Restricting or inhibiting anyone else's use and enjoyment of Weather Watchers.

13. In order to become a Weather Watcher, you will need to register or sign in to your BBC account first.

14. The BBC is committed to keeping your personal information safe and private. By creating a profile with BBC Weather Watchers, you are accepting the Terms of Use on this page. For more information about how we collect, use and protect your information on Weather Watchers, check our Privacy Notice.

User Guidelines

1. When you first join Weather Watchers, you'll need to complete a short registration process. This should only take a few minutes and will only need to be done once. It's very simple and will allow you to make the most of being in the Club.

2. Weather Watchers works with most standard internet browsers. But for older versions of browsers, such as Internet Explorer 8, you will need to update your browser.

3. By signing up to Weather Watchers, you give permission for the BBC to use information and photos included in your weather reports on the BBC.

4. When you first sign up we'll ask you to sign in to your existing BBC account, or register for a new one. You'll need to enter a valid email address in order to create an account.

5. You'll then automatically return to Weather Watchers and be asked to create your Weather Watchers nickname. This can include your first name (no surnames please) and a description of the type of place you're reporting the weather from e.g. Geoff's Garden, Kulwant's Allotment, Paul's Park. This is how your site will be described in the Weather Watchers Club and on-air if the BBC uses your pictures or observations e.g. 'This picture was sent to us from Sue's Garden in Windlesham'. When choosing your nickname, please keep it clean! We won't accept any profanities or abusive terms.

6. You'll then be asked to set your home reporting site. This is the area you'll be posting your weather reports from. At the moment you need to fix just one location, although this may change in the future. It doesn't need to be your home. It could be a local park, your workplace or another public space you regularly visit. You can enter a UK town, city or postcode.

7. We won't show your exact location. When your report card appears on the Weather Watchers map, it will be within a ½ mile square.

8. Occasionally, BBC weather producers might want to get in touch with you about your reports. They'll do this via the email you give when you register.

9. Once you've set your location, we'll ask you to confirm you're 16 or older.

10. You'll then be ready to create your first report card.

11. Follow the guidance to pick a weather icon and, if you wish, provide other weather data. There's a comments box that's for your reference only, so other Weather Watchers won't see what's written here.

12. You can also upload a photo from your Weather Watchers location of the conditions you're describing. There's guidance on how to do this, if you're not sure.

13. These should be photos you've taken, and they should show the weather you're describing from your Weather Watchers home location. Don't use other people's photos as you could be breaking copyright laws.

14. Photos should be no larger than 10 MB (megabytes).

15. We're inviting you to upload photos of the weather you're experiencing. Any photos must be of places NOT people. We won't be able to accept any photos that include identifiable people and/or people in the foreground.

16. In photos, please avoid identifying individual private buildings or homes. Pictures should focus on scenery and illustrating the weather you're reporting: a beautiful sunrise, snow on a hedge, the bins blown over by the wind.

17. You can then publish your report card and, if you wish, share it via email or social media. There's guidance on how to do this, if you're not sure.

18. Within a minute or two, your report card should appear on the nationwide Weather Watchers map. Other Weather Watchers will be able to see your report card (but not your private comments), and you'll be able to see and explore theirs.

19. Keep reporting! When you create a new card, it will replace your former card on the map, but you'll keep a permanent record of all your cards on your home page. On the map, the most recent reports will be the brightest; they'll fade as they get older. There is no limit to the number of reports that you can post, but we ask that you choose a selection of your best photos to post each day (up to ten photos). If you post more than ten photos a day, you may crowd out other Weather Watchers, and the Photos Near You feature (which is populated with recent photos from other users in your area) may not show a variety of photos. You can post weather data reports more frequently as these do not appear in Photos Near You.

20. And keep checking back in! There will be updates every day when you'll hear from BBC presenters and programmes with exclusive behind the scenes info, and messages asking you to join in special Weather Watchers events and experiments.

About Weather Watchers

Weather Watchers is an exciting project that allows you to share your weather pictures and observations from where you are in the UK. It is your chance to tell the story of the weather from where you live.

You can use your mobile phone, tablet or computer to upload pictures and weather observations, as well as check what other local Weather Watchers are doing.

Even if you've never done this before, you can simply create a report card using one of our weather symbols to describe what you can see.

If you have a camera on your phone or tablet, or even a digital camera, you can upload your weather snaps to the site. If you're more of a seasoned weather hobbyist, you can include other readings such as temperature, rainfall, humidity and so on.

So get involved and join us here at Weather Watchers to take part in the nation's favourite conversation.