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Class Schedule

Class Descriptions


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Online Courses


Reporting Procedures

Amateur Radio

Related Sites


To Submit a Weather Report

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


What is SKYWARN®?

How to Join SKYWARN®



**We will resume classes again in September 2016. Please check back this month for a listing of our fall classes**








CONVECTION 10/3/2016 6:30-9:30 pm CHARLES

Charles County Government Building, Commissioners Meeting Room
200 Baltimore Street
La Plata, Maryland 20646
BASIC 10/12/2016 6:30-9:30 pm GRANT

Maysville Volunteer Fire Company
Maysville, WV 26883
BASIC 10/12/2016 6:30-9:30 pm GREENE

Stanardsville Volunteer Fire Department
275 Celt Rd
Stanardsville, VA  22973
WINTER 10/24/2016 6:30-9:30 pm HOWARD

Roger Carter Community Center
3000 Milltowne Drive
Ellicott City, MD 21043
BASIC  11/2/2016 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
WINTER 11/7/2016 6:00-9:00 pm ST. MARY'S

Chesapeake Building
41770 Baldridge Street
Leonardtown, MD 20650


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.  You may attend a class that is not located in the city/county you live in.


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.

Class Descriptions







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

English Version

Spanish Version



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 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)


Other Related Sites

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


E-mail LWX SKYWARN® Coordinator Heather Sheffield at for any questions, comments, concerns or if you have forgotten your Spotter ID. If you need to just download a new card (generic, without a specific spotter ID), please click here.