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What are SKYWARN® Storm Spotters

SKYWARN® storm spotters are an important group of volunteers that report severe weather, winter weather and damage caused by weather to the National Weather Service.  These reports aid the National Weather Service in accomplishing its mission of "protection of life and property" by providing forecasters essential information of what is actually going on at ground level.  SKYWARN® spotters receive training from the National Weather Service which teaches weather safety, storm structure, and reportable criteria.  These trainings are usually held in conjunction with local governments or local SKYWARN® groups.  If you are interested in becoming a spotter view the schedule to find a class near you!

Who are SKYWARN® Storm Spotters

Anyone can be a SKYWARN® Storm Spotter!  Most of our spotters are usually amatuer radio operators, emergency first responders, CERT members, and city and county workers, but members of the general public are also welcome to become spotters!  Participation in SKYWARN® is completely voluntary.

In addition to SKYWARN® Storm Spotters, we are also looking for Snow Spotters to help specifically during winter weather events.

If you are an amatuer radio operator and are interested in learning more about WX4PTC, our call sign, you can visit their website by clicking here!

Important Links

Submit a Storm Report to Us

Spotter Information Reference Sheet

Today's Hazardous Weather Outlook

National SKYWARN Page

Snow Spotters

Additional Training Materials

COMET Training Modules

Spotter Guide Book (PDF)