A TEST Tornado Warning will be issued today, Wednesday, April 26, 2017 around 11:15 AM Central Time (10:15 AM Mountain) for all 53 counties in North Dakota. This is only a TEST as part of Severe Summer Weather Awareness Week. Read More >
Reference and Outreach materials are listed below to help you prepare for weather emergencies. Some publications are ONLY available online, no printed copies are available. Many of the materials below are available at Skywarn Spotter Training Talks. There is no charge for any of the publications. You need a free copy of Abobe reader to view pdf files. Some files are large, and may take several minutes to load depending on your internet connection speed.
SKYWARN/Spotter Reference Materials
Owlie Skywarn Materials for Children
Amateur Radio Networks
Amateur Radio SKYWARN Frequencies (in West and Central North Dakota)
Most of these sites can be linked together. In times of severe weather, this "link" allows amateur radio operators at the NWS in Bismarck to communicate with those directly affected by the storm. The callsign for the NWS in Bismarck is W0ZRT. Amateur radio operators are a vital part of the NWS severe weather warning program.
Amateur Radio Links
More Information on the SKYWARN Training
Emergency response officials, amateur radio operators, and the general public are all encouraged to attend. The 90 minute training occur each spring throughout most of the counties in North Dakota. It is free of charge and is sponsored by your local County Emergency Manager (CEM). Requests for trainings should come through your CEM.
SKYWARN Severe Weather Spotter training seminars consist of the following:
The National Weather Service will issue a warning for only one or both of the following reasons; Doppler radar detects severe weather or SKYWARN spotters report severe weather. If a warning is issued for your location, you are in danger and need to seek shelter.
The biggest supporters of the SKYWARN program are emergency response officials and amateur radio operators. One of the best ways to get involved is to talk with an amateur radio operator. If you have a scanner, tune in to a local amateur radio SKYWARN net (see list above) to get a feel for what is involved.
For additional information on the SKYWARN program, contact John.Paul.Martin@noaa.gov