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To Submit a Weather Report

RAIN/SNOW/ICE REPORTS: LWX Spotters: you can now submit heavy rainfall (1"+), as well as snow and/or ice reports

Flooding, hail, wind or tornado reports: Call 1-800-253-7091
Other reports can be emailed to:


Upcoming SKYWARN® Classes







Basics 1

October 18th, 2018


Fairfax Co. VA


Public Safety Headquarters

12099 Government Center Pkwy

Fairfax, VA 22035

Class Complete

Basics 1 Tuesday, October 30th, 2018 7:00pm Howard Co, MD


3430 Court House Drive

Ellicott City, MD 21043
Basics 1 Thursday, November 1st, 2018 7:00pm Carroll Co, MD


Carroll County Public Safety Training Center

50 Kate Wagner Road

Westminster, MD
Basics 1 Wednesday, November 7th, 2018 6:30pm Jefferson Co, WV


Fire Company Meeting Hall

200 W 2nd Ave

Ranson, WV 25438

Basics 1

Tuesday, November 13th, 2018


Stafford Co. VA

1225 Courthouse Rd

Stafford, VA 22555

Basics 1 Tuesday, December 4th, 2018 6:30pm Calvert Co. MD


315 Stafford Rd.

Barstow, MD 20678


Important notes:
-Some Advanced classes require SKYWARN® Basics as a prerequisite.
-You may attend a class even if it is not in the county you reside in.

-Due to the high demand of classes we can not offer classes in every region every season.


What is SKYWARN®?

SKYWARN® is a national network of volunteer severe weather spotters. The spotters are trained by local National Weather Service Forecast Offices on how to spot severe thunderstorms, tornadoes, hail and flooding. In some parts of the country, spotters also report snowfall and ice accumulation.




National Weather Service Baltimore/Washington

SKYWARN® Presentations


Descriptions of SKYWARN Spotter Classes


SKYWARN® Basics (pdf)

SKYWARN® Flood (pdf)

SKYWARN® Convection (pdf)

SKYWARN® Winter (pdf)

SKYWARN® Tropical (pdf)


**Online Courses Available**

National SKYWARN® courses are also offered online by COMET on their MetED site (located here.) These courses can be extra value to you however they do not replace the SKYWARN® Basics course taught by one of our meteorologists from the National Weather Service Baltimore/Washington. These online courses leave out vital information on the multitude of weather threats we get in the Mid-Atlantic region.


Amateur Radio

National Capital Area Skywarn Support Group


Additional SKYWARN® Information

National SKYWARN Page

Print out a Spotter ID card

Weather Spotter's Field Guide

Guía Práctica del Observador del Tiempo

Review on measuring snow (below)

Forgot your Spotter ID? Contact us!
Questions? Contact Isha Renta, Skywarn Program Coordinator at NWS Baltimore/Washington