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To Submit a Weather Report

SNOW/ICE REPORTS: If you are a spotter, submit snow and ice reports at:
Flooding, hail, wind or tornado reports: Call 1-800-253-7091
Other reports can be emailed to:


Upcoming SKYWARN® Classes

BASICS 03-02-2017 6:30 - 9:30 PM Fairfax Fairfax County Fire and Rescue Academy
4600 West Ox Road
Fairfax, VA 22030
BASICS  03-07-2017 6:30 - 9:30 PM Orange Town of Orange
Public Works

235 Warren Street
Orange, VA 22960
BASICS 03-27-2017 6:00 - 9:00 PM St. Mary's St. Mary's County Emergency Operations Center
23090 Leonard Hall Drive
Leonardtown, MD 20165
03-27-2017 6:30 - 9:30 PM Spotsylvania Fire Rescue Station 4
4804 Bancroft Road
Fredericksburg, VA 22408
03-29-2017 6:30 - 9:30 PM Morgan Senior Life Services of Morgan County
Senior Center

106 Sand Mine Road
Berkeley Springs, WV 25411
BASICS 04-03-2017 6:30 - 9:30 PM Prince George's Maryland Fire & Rescue Institute
4500 Campus Drive
College Park, MD 20740
04-05-2017 6:30 - 9:30 PM Montgomery

Public Safety HQ
100 Edison Park Drive

Gaithersburg, MD 20878
04-12-2017 6:30 - 9:30 PM Jefferson Independent Fire Company
200 West 2nd Avenue
Ranson, WV 25438
04-18-2017 7:00 - 10:00 PM Loudoun Loudoun County Fire and Rescue Training Center
16600 Courage Court
Leesburg, VA 20175
BASICS 04-24-2017 6:30 - 9:30 PM Harford Harford County Department of Emergency Services
2220 Ady Road
Forest Hill, MD 21050


Important notes:
Fairfax class: Class is full but Waitlist is available. If you are registered and can not attend
please cancel your registration so a spot opens for someone who can attend.

-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

Review on measuring snow

Forgot your Spotter ID? Contact us!
Questions? Contact Heather Kenyon, Skywarn Program Coordinator at NWS Baltimore/Washington