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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.

 

National Weather Service Raleigh to Participate in the 18th Annual SKYWARN Recognition Day
Saturday, December 3, 2016

The National Weather Service in Raleigh will participate in the 18th annual SKYWARN Recognition Day (SRD) with members of Central Carolina SKYWARN on Saturday December 3, 2016. SKYWARN Recognition Day was developed in 1999 by the National Weather Service (NWS) and the American Radio Relay League (ARRL). It celebrates the contributions that volunteer SKYWARN radio operators make to the NWS.

Amateur radio operators comprise a large percentage of the SKYWARN volunteers across the country, and they provide vital weather reports and communication between the NWS and emergency management if normal communications become inoperative. During this event, amateur radio operators will visit the NWS Raleigh office and contact other radio operators across the world, and radio operators at other NWS offices. This event also serves as an opportunity for the testing of amateur radios and antennas, and all other forms of backup communications.

Please visit the following web sites for further details:

 

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 2017

 

NWS Raleigh spotter ID numbers

NWS Raleigh has discontinued the issuance of, and use of spotter ID numbers.   When making storm reports to the NWS Raleigh, please do not include a spotter ID number; instead, simply provide your name, location, details pertaining to the severe weather or damage, and contact information.  Spotters who wish to obtain some sort of identification number are encouraged to consider becoming a CoCoRaHS observer to supplement their SKYWARN service.


Schedule of upcoming in-person training sessions:

Date and Time Training City/County Location Notes
In-person training will resume in the Spring 2017.        

 

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:

 

Remember...Please email severe weather reports and pictures to rah.reports@noaa.gov