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Cool and Blustery in the East; Numerous Fire Weather Threats

Lake effect snow, gusty winds, and cool temperatures persist in the Mid-Atlantic and Northeast. Gusty winds in the Southwest and into the Plains, and portions of the East will produce elevated to critical fire weather threats. Snow can also be expected in the mountains and into parts of the High Plains. Severe storms with all hazards are expected to develop Friday in the South and Central Plains. Read More >


To Submit a Weather Report
(For registered SKYWARN spotters)

You can now submit heavy rainfall (1"+), as well as
STORM TOTAL snow and/or ice reports online at:

Flooding, hail, wind or tornado reports:
Use our SKYWARN Spotter Hotline 800 #.
Other reports can be emailed to:


Upcoming SKYWARN® Classes
These classes are free and open to the public!








Basic Classes

Basics Thursday, April 29th, 2021
6:00 PM to
8:00 PM
Madison/Greene Counties, VA Online
Basics Thursday, May 6th, 2021
6:00 PM to
8:00 PM
Highland VA Online
Further classes will be scheduled over the next few months.

Online Basics Classes are open to all of the general public.


Important notes:
-Winter, Convection, and Tropical 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.


Join NWS_BaltWash SKYWARN®

National Weather Service Baltimore/Washington

SKYWARN® Presentations


Descriptions of SKYWARN Spotter Classes

** National online spotter courses available too, BUT... **

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. You must take a class with us to become registered as a spotter with our office.

Amateur Radio and SKYWARN

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

Click here to access PDF versions of our SKYWARN presentations


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