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To Submit a Weather Report

Email weather reports to Call 1-800-253-7091 if it is a wind, hail, flooding or tornado report.

Upcoming SKYWARN® Classes

10/24/2016 6:30 - 9:30 pm HOWARD Roger Carter Community Center
3000 Milltowne Drive
Ellicott City, MD 21043
BASIC 11/02/2016 6:30 - 9:30 pm ALLEGANY Allegany County Department of
Emergency Services

11400 Pittsburgh Plate Glass Road SE
Cumberland, MD 21502
BASIC 11/3/2016 7:00 - 10:00 pm LOUDOUN The Oliver Robert Dubé Fire and
Rescue Training Academy

16600 Courage Court
Leesburg, VA 20175
11/7/2016 6:00 - 9:00 pm ST MARYS Chesapeake Building
41770 Baldridge Street
Leonardtown MD, 20650
11/10/2016 6:30 - 9:30 pm FAIRFAX Fairfax County Fire and Rescue Academy
4600 West Ox Road
Fairfax VA, 22030
WINTER (Advanced) 11/15/2016 6:30 - 9:30 pm JEFFERSON Independent Fire Company (IFC)
200 West 2nd Avenue
Ranson WV 25438


Note: Advanced classes require SKYWARN® Basics as a prerequisite. You may attend a class even if it is not in the county you reside in. Due to
the high demand of classes we can not offer classes in every region every season. 


What is SKYWARN®?

SKYWARN® is a national network of volunteer severe weather spotters. The spotters are trained by local National Weather Service Forecast Offices on how to spot severe thunderstorms, tornadoes, hail and flooding. In some parts of the country, spotters also report snowfall and ice accumulation.




National Weather Service Baltimore/Washington

SKYWARN® Presentations


Descriptions of SKYWARN Spotter Classes


SKYWARN® Basics (pdf)

SKYWARN® Convection (pdf)

SKYWARN® Winter (pdf)

SKYWARN® Tropical (pdf)

SKYWARN® Flood (pdf)


Basic Spotter Field Guide


**Online Courses Available**

National SKYWARN® courses are also offered online by COMET on their MetED site (located here.) These courses can be extra value to you however they do not replace the SKYWARN® Basics course taught by one of our meteorologists from the National Weather Service Baltimore/Washington. These online courses leave out vital information on the multitude of weather threats we get in the Mid-Atlantic region.


Amateur Radio

National Capital Area Skywarn Support Group


Additional SKYWARN® Information

National SKYWARN Page

Print our a Spotter ID card

Questions? Contact Heather Sheffield Kenyon, Skywarn Program Coordinator at NWS Baltimore/Washington