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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
Tuesday, Feb 24 and Tuesday March 3, 2015 SKYWARN Spotter Training Online and via Amateur Radio - Central Carolina SKYWARN Nets Central North Carolina

SKYWARN Spotter Training will be offered on the Central Carolina SKYWARN Information Radio Net on Feb. 24 & March 3 at 9:15 PM on the 146.88 repeater as part of the Severe Weather Preparedness Week.  

This training may used to earn initial spotter certification or renew certification which is required every three years.

Part 1 of Basic Training will be Feb.24 ; Part 2, March 3. The instructor will be Nick Petro WX3H, Warning Coordination Meteorologist with the Raleigh National Weather Service.


To fully benefit from this training and to receive a spotter number, you must:

  1. download the training presentation before each net from www.centralcarolinaskywarn.net  (It will be included with the Weekly Weather Impact Briefing.  Click on the Weather Briefing on the top menu to download.)
  2. listen and check in at the end of both nets, and
  3. Email CCS Emergency Coordinator Virginia Enzor at nc4va@nc.rr.com with your name, call sign (if licensed), spotter number (if already assigned) and email address.  The NWS will then contact you about completing the spotter certification process.

Scanner listeners and listeners receiving live streaming audio on the internet at www.broadcastify.com may also participate by downloading the presentations and emailing Virginia Enzor at nc4va@nc.rr.com immediately after both nets. Again, be sure to your name, call sign (if licensed), spotter number (if already assigned) and email address.

Monday, March 9, 2015

7 PM to 9:30 PM

SKYWARN Spotter Training

Forsyth County,

Winston Salem

Red Cross Chapter House.
Winston-Salem, NC 27106

Basic SKYWARN Training sponsored by Forsyth Amateur Radio Club .

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

Thursday, March 12, 2015

7 PM to 9:30 PM

SKYWARN Spotter Training

Wake County,

Cary

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!

Tuesday, March 17, 2015

6:30 PM to 8 PM

Basic

SKYWARN Spotter Training

Forsyth County,

Kernersville, NC

9652 West Market St.
Kernersville, NC 27284

Training sponsored by Winston-Salem/Forsyth County Emergency Management & ReadyFORSYTH and Guilford County Emergency Management & ReadyGuilford.

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

Tuesday, March 17, 2015

8 PM to 9:30 PM

Advanced

SKYWARN Spotter Training

Forsyth County,

Kernersville, NC

9652 West Market St.
Kernersville, NC 27284

Training sponsored by Winston-Salem/Forsyth County Emergency Management & ReadyFORSYTH and Guilford County Emergency Management & ReadyGuilford.

PLEASE NOTE:  Advanced Training is only offered once per year in the Triad region.  This will be the only offering of the Advanced spotter class in the Triad region in 2015.  Also note, Basic Spotter Training is required before taking Advanced training. 

Thursday, March 19, 2015

6:30 PM to 8:30 PM

SKYWARN Spotter Training

Orange County,

Hillsborough, NC

Room 004 at the Orange County West Campus Office Building at 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!

Saturday, April 4, 2015

1:30 PM - 3:30 PM

SKYWARN Spotter Training

Wake County,

Raleigh, NC

Jim Graham Building - NC State Fairgrounds
1025 Blue Ridge Rd, Raleigh NC 27607

Basic SKYWARN Training sponsored by the Raleigh Amatuer Radio Society's RARsFEST.

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:

 

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