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The primary way to become a certified SKYWARN™ storm spotter is to take the National Weather Service's online SKYWARN™ Spotter Training offered on the COMET/MetEd website located here. An alternative method is by attending one of our on-site SKYWARN™ training sessions. These are occasionally advertised online at the top of our website at You may contact our SKYWARN™ program leader John Goff at, or our Warning Coordination Meteorologist Scott Whittier at additional questions or details. If you would like to set up a talk, here are the general requirements.

SKYWARN™ reports can be relayed from your location to the National Weather Service via volunteer ham radio, by calling our toll free SKYWARN™ weather spotter telephone number (provided to you when you join). An on-line storm report off our webpage is also available, or you may post through our local Facebook page at