SKYWARN Spotter Program
(How you can help your neighbors)
The SkywarnTM Spotter program is a voluntary program in which the
public can participate and interact with your local NWS Office. SkywarnTM
spotters are encouraged to relay critical weather information to their local NWS Office, in support
of the Warning and Forecast Operations. The information they provide routinely helps the NWS
Forecasters make better/more informed forecasts, and helps them to warn others of impending dangers
A list of what we ask our Spotters to report,
and How to Report.
"How do I become a SkywarnTM Spotter," you ask??
SkyWarnTM Spotters are asked to receive weather spotter training and
safety information during informational sessions, normally conducted by the local NWS Warning
Coordination Meteorologist (WCM), and Forecasters. These training sessions are usually
conducted in the Spring and Summer months, in anticipation of the climatological Severe Weather
Many of our SkywarnTM spotters are also Amateur Radio operators. These
spotters use amateur radio frequencies to relay important and time sensitive information to the NWS.
See a map of frequencies listened to by the
SkywarnTM Spotter Newsletters: