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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 contact Brandon Dunstan at the NWS Raleigh at Brandon.Dunstan@noaa.gov to find out more info.  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 4, 2014

5:30 - 7 PM

SKYWARN Spotter Training Wake County, Raleigh, NC

North Carolina State University  - Jordan Hall, Room 1216 in the Jordan Hall Addition

2720 Faucette Blvd, Raleigh, NC, 27606

Basic SKYWARN Training sponsored by the NC State Student Chapter of the American Meteorological Society.   This class is open to the public.  Preregistration is not required.  For a map that shows the location of Jordan Hall (building #58 on this map), please visit:  http://www.ncsu.edu/campus_map/central.htm .   Parking info:  a permit to park on campus is not required after 5 PM.  There are typically plenty of parking spaces adjacent to or near Jordan Hall.  For a map of available parking, please visit:  http://www2.acs.ncsu.edu/trans/maps/download/14-15_parking_map.pdf

Thursday, September 4, 2014

7:30 - 9 PM

Advanced SKYWARN Spotter Class

Wake County, Raleigh, NC

North Carolina State University  - Jordan Hall, Room 1216 in the Jordan Hall Addition

 

2720 Faucette Blvd, Raleigh, NC, 27606

Please take note that the Advanced SKYWARN class is only offered once per year in the Triangle region, and once per year in the Triad region.  This class will be the one and only time this year that the Advanced course will be offered for the Triangle region of central North Carolina.

Advanced SKYWARN Training sponsored by the NC State Student Chapter of the American Meteorological Society.   This class is open to the public.  Preregistration is not required.  For a map that shows the location of Jordan Hall (building #58 on this map), please visit:  http://www.ncsu.edu/campus_map/central.htm .   Parking info:  a permit to park on campus is not required after 5 PM.  There are typically plenty of parking spaces adjacent to or near Jordan Hall.  For a map of available parking, please visit:  http://www2.acs.ncsu.edu/trans/maps/download/14-15_parking_map.pdf

Tuesday, September 16, 2014

6:30 pm - 8 pm

SKYWARN Spotter Training Orange County, Hillsborough, NC West Campus Office Building, 131 West Margaret Lane, Hillsborough, NC

Basic SKYWARN Training sponsored by Orange County Emergency Services.

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 Trianing Items:

 

Local SkywarnTM Groups:

 

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