Trained storm spotters and long-term observers support NOAA’s mission of climate monitoring and protecting life and property though accurate forecasts and warnings.
SkyWarn storm spotters are the critical eyes-on-the-ground who identify and report severe weather to NOAA’s National Weather Service.
Reports of tornadoes, high winds and hail size provide invaluable data to meteorologists and supplement information provided by other observation tools, including Doppler radar, when issuing official severe weather warnings.
Spotters are trained by their local National Weather Service forecast office during scheduled class sessions and upon completion are assigned an identification number to use when submitting reports via telephone, HAM radio or the Internet. Select offices also offer SkyWarn sessions on winter weather, including how to properly measure and report snow accumulations.
Contact your local National Weather Service office to join: http://www.stormready.noaa.gov/contact.htm
SkyWarn program information:
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