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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:


Are you interested in hosting a SKYWARN Spotter Training Session?  

The NWS Raleigh frequently works with groups such as amateur radio clubs, emergency services organizations, schools, universities, and civic groups and clubs to host SKYWARN Spotter Training. If your group or club would like to host a training session in central North Carolina, please complete this survey.  We require a miminum of 20 people to attend before we'll consider hosting a training session with any group.  We are now scheduling classes through the spring of 2015

Schedule of upcoming in-person training sessions:

Date and Time Training City Location Notes

Thursday, March 12, 2015

7 PM to 9:30 PM

SKYWARN Spotter Training

Wake County,


Christ the King Lutheran Church.
600 Walnut Street Cary, NC 27511

Basic SKYWARN Training sponsored by Cary CERT.

This training event is open to the public. Preregistration is not required.  Simply show up!

Monday, April 6, 2015

7 PM - 8:30 PM

SKYWARN Spotter Training

Wake County,

Fuquay Varina

Fuquay Varina Presbyterian Church,

307 North Ennis Street in Fuquay Varina, 27526

Basic SKYWARN Training sponsored by the South Wake Amateur Radio Club.

This training event is open to the public. Preregistration is not required.  Simply show up!


Free, web-based SKYWARN training:

  • 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.


Other Training Items:


Local SkywarnTM Groups:


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