The primary way to become a certified SKYWARN™ storm spotter is to take our local on-line
SKYWARN™ training, which can be found by clicking here. This comprehensive training will introduce
you to the program and cover a variety of severe weather topics with specific emphasis on northeast
weather. After completing the program and taking the short test we'll contact you and enter your
information into our system. The training lasts approximately 2 hours.
An alternative method is by attending one of our on-site SKYWARN™ training sessions. Just
contact our SKYWARN™ program leader John Goff at email@example.com, or our Warning Coordination Meteorologist
Scott Whittier at firstname.lastname@example.org for details.
If you would like to set up a talk, here are the general requirements.
For a complementary additional training, you may also visit the COMET website which offers
SKYWARN™ training on a more national perspective, but you must complete one of the two steps
described above to become a certified spotter for the NWS in Burlington, VT.
The spotter network is usually activated whenever there is a threat of severe or hazardous weather.
Usually, this preceded by the issuance of a Severe Thunderstorm Watch or Tornado Watch.
SKYWARN™ reports can be relayed from your location to the National Weather Service via
volunteer ham radio, by calling our toll free SKYWARN™ weather spotter telephone number
(provided to you when you join). An on-line storm report off our webpage is also available, or you
may post through our local Facebook page at https://www.facebook.com/US.NationalWeatherService.Burlington.gov