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Monday, 08 June 2009 00:00

Join today and begin enjoying added benefits as a member. We won't share your information with others and we won't spamming you on a regular basis.  However, our notification system, forums, and other features require we have some way to contact you.  So don't hesitate, sign up today and begin taking advantage of the many benefits membership provides!

Last Updated ( Tuesday, 09 June 2009 18:43 )
Communication Is Information PDF Print E-mail
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Monday, 08 June 2009 00:00

If you're interested in weather in general. storm spotting, and/or amateur radio, this is the place for you!  This site provides a wide range of resources, many available even if you don't join.  Feel free to look around, make suggestions, learn and share what you know.

Thanks for coming by and visiting with us, we look forward to future visits!

Last Updated ( Monday, 08 June 2009 06:49 )
What is SKYWARN? PDF Print E-mail
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Monday, 08 June 2009 00:00

The effects of severe weather are felt every year by many Americans. To obtain critical weather information, NOAA's National Weather Service (NWS), part of the U.S. Department of Commerce, established SKYWARN® with partner organizations. SKYWARN® is a volunteer program with nearly 290,000 trained severe weather spotters. These volunteers help keep their local communities safe by providing timely and accurate reports of severe weather to the National Weather Service.

Although SKYWARN® spotters provide essential information for all types of weather hazards, the main responsibility of a SKYWARN® spotter is to identify and describe severe local storms. In the average year, 10,000 severe thunderstorms, 5,000 floods and more than 1,000 tornadoes occur across the United States. These events threatened lives and property.

Since the program started in the 1970s, the information provided by SKYWARN® spotters, coupled with Doppler radar technology, improved satellite and other data, has enabled NWS to issue more timely and accurate warnings for tornadoes, severe thunderstorms and flash floods.

SKYWARN® storm spotters are part of the ranks of citizens who form the Nation's first line of defense against severe weather. There can be no finer reward than to know that their efforts have given communities the precious gift of time--seconds and minutes that can help save lives.

Free SKYWARN classes are offered by the National Weather Service.

Last Updated ( Monday, 08 June 2009 06:38 )
Almost Anyone Can Become A Skywarn Spotter! PDF Print E-mail
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Wednesday, 06 August 2008 14:29

NWS encourages anyone with an interest in public service and access to communication, such HAM radio, 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, nursing homes or who have a responsibility for protecting others are also encouraged to become a spotter.

Get Involved!

NWS has 122 local Weather Forecast Offices, each with a Warning Coordination Meteorologist, who is responsible for administering the SKYWARN® program in their local area. Training is conducted at these local offices and covers:

  • Basics of thunderstorm development
  • Fundamentals of storm structure
  • Identifying potential severe weather features
  • Information to report
  • How to report information
  • Basic severe weather safety

Classes are free and typically are about two hours long. To find out when a SKYWARN® class will be conducted in local your area, contact your local Warning Coordination Meteorologist at:

Last Updated ( Sunday, 07 June 2009 21:27 )

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