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What is the SKYWARNTM Spotter Program?


SKYWARN is the National Weather Service (NWS) program comprised of trained volunteer weather spotters. Storm spotters come from many walks of life, including fire fighters, law enforcement, amateur radio operators, and the general public. SKYWARN spotters coordinate with local emergency management officials and send reports of weather based phenomena to the NWS. Skywarn spotter training is FREEopen to any member of the public, and sometimes based on location spacing, may require registration.

Storm spotters not only serve the community, but they provide important information to warning forecasters who make critical warning decisions. SKYWARN storm spotters play a critical role of giving the NWS vital ground truth data, which helps the NWS perform our primary mission, to save lives and property.

If you have any questions about the NWS Greenville-Spartanburg, SC SKYWARN Storm Spotter program, please contact Trisha Palmer at


Information on this page is relevant to our network of SKYWARNTM spotters and ham radio reporters. If you are interested in becoming a spotter, please email us.

Remember, you DO NOT have to be a licensed, amateur {ham} radio operator to attend and/or participate in the SkywarnTM


Need to submit a storm report to us?


If you have a storm report that you need to pass along to us, please use the hotline phone number provided during your Skywarn Spotter training, or send your report using our Submit a Storm Report form. 


How to Become a NWS SKYWARNTM Storm Spotter


To become a NWS SKYWARN Storm Spotter, you will need to attend one of our free, Basic Spotter training courses.  If you are unable to attend one of our training sessions or are already a NWS SKYWARN Storm Spotter, but would like to refresh your knowledge, the online SKYWARN® Spotter Training Course. This training is through the COMET website, and you will need to register to gain access the training. Follow the instructions in the Course Description section for how to become an official Storm Spotter for the NWS in Greenville-Spartanburg, SC.


Upcoming SKYWARNTM Storm Training Events


Currently, there are no SKYWARN Storm Spotter trainings scheduled at this time. 


Online SKYWARNTM Storm Spotter Training

SKYWARN® Spotter Training Course


Memorandum of Understanding between National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration’s (NOAA) National Weather Service (NWS) and the American Radio Relay League, Inc. (ARRL).


Regional SKYWARNTM and Spotter Organizations

  • Greenville-Spartanburg Regional SkywarnTM

Local SKYWARNTM and Spotter Organizations

If your local amateur radio club reports severe weather to the National Weather Service but is not listed here, send us an email and we will add your group.


Online Publications

Weather Information Pages for Mobile Users

Additional Resources