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NWS SKYWARN®

Class Schedule

Class Descriptions

Registration

Presentations
& Field Guides

Online Courses

FAQ

Reporting Procedures

Amateur Radio

Related Sites

 

To Submit a Weather Report

E-mail weather reports to LWX-Report@noaa.gov. Call 800-253-7091 if it is a wind, hail, flooding or tornado report.

 

UPCOMING SKYWARN® CLASSES (Fall 2015)

 

CLASS

DATE

TIME

COUNTY

POC

      LOCATION      

REGISTRATION INFORMATION

Flood

Wed,

9/9/15

6:00-
9:00PM

Jefferson

Sandee Niles

Independent Fire Company
200 W. 2nd Avenue
Ranson, WV, 25438

https://www.eventbrite.com/e/skywarn-storm-spotter-class-flood-tickets-18135485726

BASIC

Thurs,

9/10/15

6:00-
9:00PM

Prince George's

Paul Bowling

Prince Georges Fire Services Bldg
6820 Webster St
Landover Hills, MD 20784
BASIC Wed,

9/16/15
6:30-
9:30PM
Howard

Richard Philps

 

James N. Robey Public Safety Training Center
2200 Scott Wheeler Drive Marriottsville, MD 21104

 

http://howardcountyskywarnbasic.eventbrite.com
BASIC

Mon,

9/21/15

6:00-
9:00PM
Charles Jennifer Adams Charles County Government Building, Commissioners Meeting Room
200 Baltimore Street
La Plata, MD  20646
https://charlescountyskywarnbasic.eventbrite.com
BASIC

Tue,

10/6/15

6:00-
9:00PM
Fairfax Jeffrey Katz

Fairfax County Fire and Rescue Academy
4600 West Ox Rd
Fairfax, VA 22030

https://fairfaxcountyskywarnbasic.eventbrite.com

 

BASIC

Wed,
 

10/21/15

6:00-
9:00PM
Pendleton Mike Alt Upper Tract VFD Training Center
11596 Petersburg Pike
Upper Tract, WV 26866
http://pendletoncountywinterwx.eventbrite.com
BASIC

Thurs,

10/22/15

TBD St Marys Gerald Gardiner Charlotte Hall Library
37600 New Market Rd
Charlotte Hall, MD 20622
http://stmaryscountyskywarnbasic.eventbrite.com
Winter
(BASIC required)

Tues,

11/3/15

9:30AM-
12:30PM
Montgomery Jeff Alderdice 9609 Medical Center Drive
Rockville, MD 20850
Click Here to Register

**Please remember to bring ID to access the building**
Questions, please email
Matthias.Miziorko@montgomerycountymd.gov
 
Winter
(BASIC required)

Thurs,

11/5/15

6:30-
9:30PM
Prince George's Paul Bowling Laurel City OEM, Laurel City Hall 8103 Sandy Spring Rd
Laurel, MD 20784
http://skywarn-winterstorm-1511.eventbrite.com/?aff=NWSLWX
Winter (BASIC Required)

Fri,

11/6/15

6:00-
9:00PM
Frederick (VA) Chester Lauck

Frederick County Public Safety Building
1080 Coverstone Drive
Winchester, VA 22602

http://frederickvacountyskywarnwinterweather.eventbrite.com
Winter (BASIC Required)

Wed,

11/18/15

7:00-10:00PM Loudoun Rob Hiltner Loudoun County Fire and Rescue Training Center, Auditorium #1&2 16600 Courage Court
Leesburg, VA 20175
https://loudouncountyskywarnwinterweather.eventbrite.com
Winter (BASIC Required) Tue,

12/1/15
6:30-
9:30PM
Howard Richard Philps Roger Carter Community Center
3000 Milltowne Drive
Ellicott City, MD  21043
http://howardcountywinterstorms.eventbrite.com

Winter (BASIC Required)

Wed,

12/2/15

7:00-10:00PM

Arlington

Cynthia Kellams

Arlington County Fire Training Academy
2800 S Taylor St
Arlington, VA 22206

https://arlingtoncountywinterstorms.eventbrite.com

 

Class Descriptions

 

Registering for a SKYWARN® Class

People are required to pre-register for all classes. This is necessary to control class size and provide the proper amount of handouts. Classes have a limited amount of space. If you register for a class and can not make it, please notify us so we can make your spot available to someone else. Upcoming classes are announced on this page and on NOAA Weather Radio. All training classes and SKYWARN® membership are free. 

 

SKYWARN® Presentations and Field Guides

Please feel free to download or print up our SKYWARN® presentation(s) either prior to the class to take notes on or as a review after the course.

BASIC 1

WINTER STORM

FLOOD

TROPICAL - Coming Soon

SEVERE - Coming Soon

 

Please also feel free to download a copy of the Basic Spotters' Field Guide for more information.

English Version

Spanish Version

 

ONLINE SKYWARN® Courses

National SKYWARN® courses are also offered online by COMET on their MetED site (located here). These courses are free, and can be of extra value to you with severe thunderstorms and tornadoes. However, the local information on the multitude of weather threats we get in our region is missing. It is because of this vital missing information that you will not be registered into our spotter database or receive a spotter number until you take our Basics I SKYWARN® class taught by one of our meteorologists from the NWS Baltimore/Washington Forecast Office.

 

SKYWARN® Information FAQ

What is SKYWARN®?
How to Join SKYWARN®
What is the Advisory Committee?
Where are our spotters?

 

Reporting Procedures

Severe Weather Reporting
Winter Weather Reporting
Spotter Glossary

 

Amateur Radio

How to Join Local Amateur Radio
SKYWARN® Amateur Radio Frequencies
American Radio Relay League (ARRL)
VA Amateur Radio Emergency Services

 

Other Related Sites

Make your family disaster plan here!
National SKYWARN® Page
FEMA
Hurricane Watch Net

 


E-mail LWX SKYWARN® Coordinator Ashley Sears at ashley.sears@noaa.gov for any questions, comments, concerns or if you have forgotten your Spotter ID. **We have completed inputting new spotter forms for classes in Spring 2015. If you have failed to receive your spotter ID, please email Ashley to receive it*