Spring Skywarn Storm-Spotter Class Schedule Available

National Weather Service
Skywarn Training Program


The National Weather Service’s Skywarn program provides FREE 2-hour training to volunteers in the community that help identify and repor severe weather; including large hail, damaging winds and tornadoes. 

Since the program started in the 1970s, the information provided by SKYWARN spotters has helped the NWS issue timely and accurate warnings to protect lives and property.  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. 

The SKYWARN covers the following topics: 

  • The mission of the National Weather Service and how Skywarn spotters play an important role in the warning process.  
  • Thunderstorm formation and the types of thunderstorms. We’ll study the meteorological dynamics involved in thunderstorm production and what it takes for a storm to produce damaging winds, large hail, and tornadoes. 
  • Thunderstorm detection- signs that spotters can look for in detecting possible severe weather. This includes types of clouds associated with severe weather, funnels, rotation and tornadoes. 
  • The main responsibility of a SKYWARN spotter is to identify and describe developing or occurring severe weather to National Weather Service meteorologists.

    Since the program started in the 1970s, the information provided by SKYWARN spotters has helped the NWS issue timely and accurate warnings to protect lives and property.  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. 

The NWS encourages anyone with an interest in weather to attend a FREE 2-hour SKYWARN class in your community to become an official trained weather-spotter. No registration is required, just show up. Anyone who spends time outdoors, whether working, camping, fishing, golfing or hiking would also benefit from a SKYWARN class. Public safety personnel are also encouraged to attend Skywarn training.  

Current Skywarn spotters are asked to receive refresher training at least every 4 years.


 Watch this space for the 2015 Skywarn Training schedule. 

 

 

 for questions please contact Carol at carol.christenson@noaa.gov



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