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Skywarn is a National Weather Service (NWS) program of trained volunteer severe weather spotters. Skywarn volunteers support their local community by providing the NWS with timely and accurate severe weather reports. These reports, when integrated with modern NWS technology, are used to inform communities of the proper actions to take as severe weather threatens. The key focus of the Skywarn program is to save lives and property through the use of the observations and reports of trained volunteers.

Skywarn volunteers donate thousands of hours and the use of their own personal radio equipment and vehicles to give their communities advanced warning of life threatening weather. Since the NWS instituted the Skywarn Program, there has been a significant decrease in the death rate due to tornadoes and other severe weather.

Spotter Items:

Training Sessions:

Date and Time Training City Location Notes


April 19, 2014

at 1:30 PM

SKYWARN Spotter Training Raleigh, NC Jim Graham Building - NC State Fairgrounds 1025 Blue Ridge Rd, Raleigh NC 27607

This Spotter Training event is sponsored by the Raleigh Amateur Radio Society, RARsFest

This training event is open to the public.  Preregistration is not required - simply show up.

Additional classes are being organized. Please check back for updates to this schedule.

Other Spotter Trianing Items:

  • COMET SKYWARN Spotter Training.This free web-based SKYWARN training class is available to the public, and is offered by the COMET MetED program. The NWS Raleigh is honoring this training and will include individuals who take this online training as part of its database of SKYWARN spotters for central North Carolina.
  • Online Weather School
  • Radar Training
  • To set up a SkywarnTM session in your area email Nick Petro

Local SkywarnTM Groups:

Contact Information:

The NWS provides numerous classes at no cost. If you, your club or group would like to help the National Weather Service by becoming a weather spotter or wish to participate in weather safety classes, please contact Nick Petro via email at Nick Petro or by phone at 919-515-8209

Remember...Please email severe weather reports and pictures to