SKYWARN™ is a national effort to save lives during severe weather emergencies with an expanding network of trained weather spotters. The services performed by SKYWARN™ spotters have saved many lives.
The National Weather Service has a number of devices for detecting severe thunderstorms. Included in these are Doppler radar, satellite, and lightning detection networks. However, the most important tool for observing thunderstorms is the trained eye of the storm spotter.
By providing observations, SKYWARN™ spotters assist National Weather Service members in their warning decisions and enable the National Weather Service to fulfill its mission of protecting life and property.
Storm spotters are, and always will be, an indispensable part of the severe local warning program.
The National Weather Service office in Buffalo participates in the annual ARRL - SKYWARN™ special event. For details on the national event, QSL instructions and the rest of the statistics, check out the Special event homepage.
SKYWARN™ is a nationwide program of spotters that report severe weather to the National Weather Service. Anyone can become a SKYWARN™ spotter for the National Weather Service, all you have to do is attend one of our Spotter Training Sessions. There is no charge for the training.
SKYWARN™ training sessions are held throughout our area of responsibility based on demand. SKYWARN training sessions for Severe Convective Weather (Thunderstorms, Tornadoes, Flash Floods, etc.) are conducted from March through May. SKYWARN training sessions for Winter Weather are conducted from September through November. The basic training session provides a brief overview to the National Weather Service (the organization and our responsibilities), the equipment we use (including capabilities and limitations), and basic severe weather meteorology (including how thunderstorms, severe thunderstorms and tornadoes form). Training sessions last about two hours.
SKYWARN training sessions for Winter Weather are conducted from September through November.
Attendees are instructed what types of severe weather the National Weather Service is interested in hearing about and are given an 800 telephone number for 24 hour access make reports directly to the NWS forecasters.
For more information, please contact:
Jon Hitchcock -- Jon.Hitchcock@noaa.gov -- SKYWARN™ Focal Point, WFO Buffalo
Judith Levan -- Judith.Levan@noaa.gov -- WFO Buffalo, Warning Coordination Meteorologist
Wayne County Public Safety Building
7376 Route 31 Suite 2000
Lyons, NY 14489
|Wayne County Office of Emergency Management|
Ontario County Safety Training Center
2914 County Rd 48
Canandaigua, NY 14424
|Ontario County Office of Emergency Services|
Niagara County Public Safety Training Facility
5574 Niagara St Extension
Lockport, NY 14094
|Niagara County Office of Emergency Services|
Seneca Waterways Council, BSA HQ
2320 Brighton Henrietta Town Line Rd
Rochester, NY 14623
|Rochester Amateur Radio Association (RARA)|
Lancaster Emergency Management Office
525 Pavement Rd
Lancaster, NY 14086
|Lancaster Emergency Management Office|
Monroe County Public Safety Center
1190 Scottsville Road
Rochester, NY 14624
|Monroe County Office of Emergency Management
Email FRion@monroecounty.gov to register
Other SKYWARN™ Sites: