Skywarn is a proactive spotter network. During severe weather outbreaks, the National Weather Service (NWS) activates Skywarn, and spotters in target areas are notified. SkywarnTM spotters are then asked to relay observances from locations near potential trouble spots. Volunteer ham radio operators staff a station at the weather service office, receive weather information from ham radio operators throughout the region, and forward them to the NWS forecasters..

NWS encourages anyone with an interest in public service to join the SKYWARN® program. Volunteers include police and fire personnel, dispatchers, EMS workers, public utility workers and other concerned private citizens. Individuals affiliated with hospitals, schools, churches and nursing homes or who have a responsibility for protecting others are also encouraged to become a spotter.

Ready to learn more? Find a class in your area on the NWS Skywarn website. Training is free and typically lasts about 2 hours. You’ll learn:
          Basics of thunderstorm development
          Fundamentals of storm structure
          Identifying potential severe weather features
          Information to report
          How to report information
          Basic severe weather safety

Any questions about Skywarn can be directed to Tracey Liston W8TWL.

Click here for National Weather Service Skywarn page