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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 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 SKYWARN training sessions:


Date and Time City/County Location Training Sponsor and Event Notes.  Unless otherwise noted, all events are open to the public and registration is not needed (simply show up).
Thursday, March 9, 2017 at 7 PM Cary, Wake County, NC Cary Senior Center located at 120 Maury Odell Pl, Cary, NC 27513 Sponsor: Cary CERT
Tuesday, March 14, 2017 starting at 6 PM (ending by 7:30 PM) Raleigh, Wake County, NC

North Carolina State University, Jordan Hall, Room 1216

2800 Faucette Boulevard, Raleigh, NC 27607

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

Parking surrounding the building opens to the public after 5 PM. 

Saturday, March 25, 10 AM Louisburg, Franklin County, NC Franklin County EOC, 8146 NC 56 Highway, Louisburg NC Sponsor: Franklin County Amateur Radio Club
Monday, April 3, 2017, 7:30 PM Fuquay-Varina, Wake County, NC American Legion Post 116, 6400 Johnson Pond Road, Fuquay-Varina Sponsor: South Wake Amateur Radio Club

2 part "virtual" class:

Part 1:  Tuesday April 4, 2017

Part 2:  Tuesday, April 11, 2017

Both start at 9:15 PM

Listen and participate via amateur radio, or online. Listen and participate via amateur radio, or online.

Please visit the Central Carolina SKYWARN web page for more details about this class presented in a unique way.

Saturday, April 15, 1:30 PM Raleigh, Wake County, NC Jim Graham Building, NC State Fairground, 1025 Blue Ridge Road, Raleigh Sponsor: Raleigh Amateur Radio Society, in conjunction with the Raleigh Ameteur Radio Society Hamfest (RARsFest)
Tuesday, May 9, 7:30 PM Raleigh, Wake County, NC Ridge Road Baptist Church, 2011 Ridge Road, Raleigh Sponsor: Raleigh Amateur Radio Society


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