What is Skywarn™
The SkywarnTM spotter program is a
nationwide network of volunteers trained by the National Weather Service (NWS) to report significant
weather. Anyone is welcome to participate.
Why Have Skywarn ™
The NWS staff at the Cleveland Forecast Office in Ohio,
are responsible for issuing warnings for most of Northern Ohio and Northwest Pennsylvania. It is
impossible to observe conditions in each of these regions simultaneously during a severe weather
event. SkywarnTM volunteers become our eyes and ears helping to provide better weather
watch and warning services to the public.
When will Skywarn™ Function?
Information is relayed to the National Weather Service
during tornadoes, severe thunderstorms, snow storms, flooding, and any other weather event that
involves the use of volunteer storm spotters.
Who will activate Skywarn™
The Weather Office and/or emergency management
authorities may activate the SkywarnTM net usually whenever there is a threat severe
weather or the forecast office issues a severe thunderstorm watch, tornado watch, or flood watch. In
this case, information will be relayed through our amateur radio repeater.
Where will Skywarn™ observations be
SkywarnTM reports are relayed from wherever
you are- on the road, in your office, or at your home- you don't have to travel to any
particular location! It is important, however, to not jeopardize your own safety while participating
Skywarn™ and HAM radio
HAM radio operators have a special place in the
Cleveland SkywarnTM system. Our Cleveland weather office has HAM radio equipment on site.
A Skywarn Net run by the volunteer amateur radio net control operators allow for reports from the
field to be directly heard at the Weather Service.
You can learn more about how to become a trained
Skywarn™ Spotter in our