*If* there is potential winter weather on the horizon it will go a long way towards helping us all know where things are frozen and where things are not. Same is true for the severe weather season. EVERYONE can report hail, wind and tornadoes with mPing.
Weather radars cannot “see” at the ground, so mPING reports are used by the NOAA National Weather Service to fine-tune their forecasts. NSSL uses the data in a variety of ways, including to develop new radar and forecasting technologies and techniques.
It's a great tool. I've used it many times to report fog when there was no dense fog advisory in effect. Or, another good example is when light returns are showing up on radar, but the NWS isn't real sure if the precipitation is actually reaching the ground. A simple report of Light Drizzle will help them.
Winter 2018/2019 Number of Freezes: 11 CWOP ID: DW2721, CoCoRaHs Station: LA-TG-11 NWS's Ponchatoula/Hammond Area's COOP Member, Station ID 16-7425-08, PONL1