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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,  September 3, 2015 starting at 7 PM.

SKYWARN Spotter Training

Basic

Garner, NC Golden Corral at 60 Son Lan Parkway in Garner, NC

Basic SKYWARN Training sponsored by the Swift Creek Minutemen.

Training will take place in the Golden Corral private dining room. It is open to the public.  Pre-registration is not required.  Simply show up.

Thursday, September 10, 2015

5:45 - 7:15 PM

SKYWARN Spotter Training

Basic

Raleigh, NC

North Carolina State University - Jordan Hall Addition

2800 Faucette Drive

Raleigh, NC 27606

Basic SKYWARN Training sponsored by the NCSU Student Chapter of the American Meteorological Society.

Pre-registration is not required.  Simply show up.

Parking: You can park anywhere around the building without a permit after 5pm. Parking extends all the way from Morrill Drive near the end of the Jordan Addition, and all of the way to Dan Allen Drive.

Thursday, September 10, 2015

7:30 - 9:00 PM

SKYWARN Spotter Training

Once-per-year Advanced Training Opportunity

Raleigh, NC

North Carolina State University - Jordan Hall Addition

2800 Faucette Drive

Raleigh, NC 2760

This is the once-per-year Advanced SKYWARN Training for the Triangle Region, sponsored by the NCSU Student Chapter of the American Meteorological Society.

Pre-registration is not required.  Simply show up.

Parking: You can park anywhere around the building without a permit after 5pm. Parking extends all the way from Morrill Drive near the end of the Jordan Addition, and all of the way to Dan Allen Drive.

 

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