SKYWARNTM Spotter Program
the National Weather Service (NWS) program comprised of trained volunteer weather spotters. Storm
spotters come from many walks of life, including fire fighters, law enforcement, amateur radio
operators, and the general public. SKYWARN spotters coordinate with local emergency management
officials and send reports of weather based phenomena to the NWS. Skywarn spotter training is
FREE, open to any member of the public, and sometimes
based on location spacing, may require registration.
spotters not only serve the community, but they provide important information to warning forecasters
who make critical warning decisions. SKYWARN storm spotters play a critical role of giving the NWS
vital ground truth data, which helps the NWS perform our primary mission, to save lives and
Weather Service Forecast Office in Wilmington maintains communications with area emergency managers,
law enforcement and spotters who report via amateur radio during severe or adverse weather events.
NWS Wilmington Area SKYWARNTM Webpage
A new ILM Skywarn webpage created entirely by volunteer Amateur Radio
Operators within the NWS Wilmington area of responsibility is up and running. The web
address is: http://ilm-skywarn.net/. This webpage connects
Skywarn Storm Spotters and Amateur Radio Operators within the area, resulting in consistent
reporting procedures between the groups, and will become a very effective way to provide weather
reports to the NWS during severe weather events. The Amateur Radio Event Coordinators (ECs) who
operate the Skywarn networks in the NWS Wilmington area of responsibility will be able to submit
reports during any type of hazardous weather situation. “As a webmaster for many non-profit
organizations, I felt that a website would greatly assist in the coordination efforts of the
counties in the NWS Wilmington area of responsibility”, explains Mike Leek, volunteer
Assistant Event Coordinator for Grand Strand Skywarn.
The webpage is also designed to be a
resource for a variety of other Skywarn related information. Glenn Cox, volunteer Cape Fear Area
Skywarn Event Coordinator states “The Skywarn program has shown itself to be a valued asset in
providing critical weather reports from trained spotters to the NWS”. Additional information
includes: a schedule for upcoming Spotter training, links to online training, reporting guidelines
and procedures, listing of the Event Coordinators and Assistant Event Coordinators, and details
about the repeater frequencies of the Skywarn nets in the area. Lastly, the new
Spotter’s Field Guide is also available for download.
Another unique feature about the web page is
a section dedicated to a growing network of “Sky Cams”. Since rapid advances in video
technology have resulted in cheaper equipment people are setting up “Sky Cams” so that
weather can be directly observed at their location remotely. Anybody with a video camera hooked up
to their PC can help the NWS by directing their camera links to the new Skywarn webpage. For more
information about setting up and helping the NWS with “Sky Cams” please contact Mike
Leek, Grand Strand Skywarn, at email@example.com or Glenn Cox, Cape Fear Skywarn at firstname.lastname@example.org.
The National Weather Service in Wilmington NC is hosting an Advanced Skywarn Training session from
7:00 PM to 8:30 PM EDT on Thursday April 10, 2014.
Basic Skywarn Training is a prerequisite to the Advanced Skywarn Training. Basic Skywarn training
can be taken online at:
Here's the registration information that will be required for the Advanced Skywarn Training
Space is limited.
Reserve your Webinar seat now at:
Title: Advanced Skywarn Training
Date: Thursday, April 10, 2014
Time: 7:00 PM - 8:30 PM EDT
After registering you
will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the Webinar.
Windows® 8, 7, Vista, XP or 2003 Server
Required: Mac OS® X 10.6 or newer
Contact: Steven.Pfaff@noaa.gov for more information