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Winter Storm for south-central U.S.; Critical Fire Weather in the West; Tracking Zeta

Heavy snow will continue to spread south along the Rockies through Monday. An area of freezing rain and sleet is forecast to develop over portions of the southern Plains to start the week. Meanwhile, dry and gusty conditions will continue critical fire weather conditions from California into southern New Mexico. Zeta is forecast to become a hurricane tracking north across the Gulf of Mexico. Read More >

 

NWS Fort Worth Skywarn Program
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Frequently Asked Questions

How do I become a member of SKYWARN?
In most cases, SKYWARN isn't really something you join, but instead is a concept of using volunteer storm spotters to provide critical information to local communities and to the NWS, and that’s what has driven the storm spotter program since it began decades ago. Your community may have an organized storm spotter network that uses the name SKYWARN, and you should contact your local emergency manager to find out what formal spotter networks are in place near you, and how you might be able to get involved.

I took the online SKYWARN courses offered by COMET/Meted, does that qualify me as a local spotter for your office?
Yes, taking the national online courses qualifies you to report to our office as a trained SKYWARN spotter, but we ask that you please review our local presentation (linked below) to review our local storm trends, storm threats, reporting methods and reporting criteria. We also ask that you please attend one of our local SKYWARN classes when they are offered.

What is my spotter ID number? Do I get an ID card?
NWS Fort Worth does not issue ID cards or spotter ID numbers.

Do I need an amateur radio license to be a storm spotter?
It depends on your community and how involved you want to be. You don’t have to be an amateur radio operator to make a severe weather report, but many spotter networks are made up of dedicated amateur radio operators who use radio to coordinate their local network and to relay reports to the NWS. If you’re interested in learning more about amateur radio, visit this site.

When are your SKYWARN classes?
We host over 40 SKYWARN classes between the months of January and March. You do not need to be a resident of the county the class is in to attend. A list of upcoming classes is usually posted in December, and the schedule can be found here.

Where do I register for a SKYWARN class?
NWS Fort Worth does not require registration for any of our SKYWARN classes. However, some local groups or organizations may want their members to register with them before they attend, so we suggest you check with your group leader(s) if you are attending as part of a group.

What is presented at a SKYWARN Class?
The SKYWARN class covers topics related to severe thunderstorm characteristics, cloud formations, identifying the different threats associated with severe storms, how to report, and basic weather safety. The Saturday classes usually also include additional presentations on weather, communication, radar and/or important local information. We strongly recommend everyone attend a SKYWARN presentation at least once a year. 


Recorded Version of the 2020 Basic Spotter Presentation

 

Recorded Version of the 2019 Basic Spotter Presentation

View the recording here


NWS Fort Worth Spotter Cheat Sheet (click for larger sized PDF version):

 A picture of the NWS Fort Worth Spotter Cheat Sheet. Click for a larger PDF version.

To learn more about all types of weather, visit the National Weather Service's JetStream - An Online School for Weather

National NWS Weather Spotter's Field Guide 


Amateur Radio Frequencies used for SKYWARN Spotters