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SKYWARN® Training

 

NEW this Fall.  Winter SKYWARN!!!

Winter Skywarn teaches you about how the National Weather Service is, the area we serve, and our mission.  The main focus of the class is to learn more about winter hazards in our area and train you the proper way to report winter weather to our office.  

 

NWS Morehead City SKYWARN Schedule Fall 2017

 

Date

Time

Class

 

Areas

 

Location                           

 

Registration
November 6th  Around 715 PM to 830 PM Winter     

Aurora

Washington

Bayboro

New Bern

Oriental

Hazel W. Guilford Library. 524 Main Street.  Aurora, NC. 27806

Use this map for an easy way to view class location and obtain directions. 

  

Class Completed. 


 

November 27th 630 PM - 7:30 PM Winter(Online) All

Your computer

You will need a computer or mobile device with internet access (to view the presentation) and a phone line (to hear the audio) to participate.        

Register:

https://attendee.gotowebinar.com/register/1807758030967046401

 

December 4th 630 PM - 8:00 PM Winter

Jacksonville

Sneads Ferry

Richlands

Topsail

Swansboro

Dixon High School (cafeteria)

160 Dixon School Rd, Holly Ridge, NC 28445

Use this map for an easy way to view class location and obtain directions. 

Use Google Form
December 7th  630 PM - 8:00 PM Winter

Greenville 

Winterville

Snow Hill

Kinston

Washington

Williamston

Pitt County Agricultural Center

403 Government Circle.  Greenville, NC.  27834

Use this map for an easy way to view class location and obtain directions. 

Use Google Form

 

December 12th 630 PM - 8:00 PM Winter

New Bern

Havelock

Morehead City 

Township 7 VFD Station 1

1705 Old Cherry Point Road

New Bern, NC 28560

Use this map for an easy way to view class location and obtain directions.  

Use Google Form
December 13th 630 PM - 7:30 PM Winter (Online) All

Your computer

You will need a computer or mobile device with internet access (to view the presentation) and a phone line (to hear the audio) to participate. 

Register:

https://attendee.gotowebinar.com/register/7236530722413590529


 

About SKYWARN: Our program is a year round program.  Our goal is to train you how to accurately report severe weather to us, ranging from severe weather (hail, wind, tornadoes, flooding) to rain, snow and ice measurements.  We offer a Basic SKYWARN in our spring/early summer season, and a Basic Winter SKYWARN in the fall.  Flood, Tropical, and Advanced SKYWARN are done throughout the year based on interest.  These classes are still in development and we hope to begin them in the Fall of 2017 and then again in Spring 2018.  Anyone is welcome to attend the Basic SKYWARN classes, their is no age requirement and you do not need to have had prior training.  For our Advanced classes we required that you have attended (1) of our previous SKYWARN classes in the past 3 years.  This can include either our spring or winter version.

 

SKYWARN Links

Newport District SKYWARN (Eastern North Carolina)

SKYWARN National Page

SKYWARN Spotter Guide

 

How to report severe weather:

1) Online

2) Facebook

3) Twitter

4) Email at: wxobs.mhx@noaa.gov

5) Toll free number 1-800-889-6889

 

When to send a storm report?

When you can do safely, please send us a report when you observe one or more of the following:

  • Tornado (confirm rotation)
  • Funnel cloud (confirm rotation)
  • Hail (any size)
    • 0.25" or less - Pea
    • 0.50" - Mothball
    • 0.75" - Dime/Penny
    • 0.88" - Nickel
    • 1.00" - Quarter
    • 1.25" - Half Dollar
    • 1.50" - Walnut/Ping Pong
    • 1.75" - Golf Ball
    • 2.00" - Hen Egg
    • 2.50" - Tennis Ball
    • 2.75" - Baseball
    • 3.00" - Tea Cup
    • 4.00" - Grapefruit
    • 4.50" - Softball
  • Wind damage.  What is damaged?  Number of trees down?  Are they snapped, uprooted?  Large branches, small branches?
  • Flooding Include pictures if you can.  How deep is the water (use what is around you as a guide, i.e water up to the bumpers).
  • Snowfall (any amount)
  • Rainfall  (Generally 2" or greater in 24 hours -or- 1" in less than an hour. 

 

Definitions:

  • Tornado: A violently rotating column of air, usually pendant to a cumulonimbus, with circulation reaching the ground. It nearly always starts as a funnel cloud and may be accompanied by a loud roaring noise. On a local scale, it is the most destructive of all atmospheric phenomena.
  • Severe Thunderstorm: A thunderstorm that produces a tornado, winds of at least 58 mph (50 knots), and/or hail at least 1" in diameter. Structural wind damage may imply the occurrence of a severe thunderstorm. A thunderstorm wind equal to or greater than 40 mph (35 knots) and/or hail of at least ½" is defined as approaching severe.
  • Flash Flood: A flood which is caused by heavy or excessive rainfall in a short period of time, generally less than 6 hours. Also, at times a dam failure can cause a flash flood, depending on the type of dam and time period during which the break occurs.

Please include in your report, the location (town and county) and time/date that the severe weather occurred.

If you can supply a picture of the severe weather you are experiencing, please do.