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SKYWARN ®

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
at: https://goo.gl/forms/9617O51NiDXOvYwD2

Flooding, hail, wind or tornado reports: Call 1-800-253-7091
Other reports can be emailed to: lwx-report@noaa.gov

 

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

CLASS

DATE

TIME

COUNTY

LOCATION

REGISTRATION

Basic Classes

Basic

Wednesday

10/16/2019

7 pm -

9 pm

Frederick County, VA

Frederick County Public Safety Building

1080 Coverstone Drive

Winchester, VA 22602

https://www.eventbrite.com/e/skywarn-basics-frederick-county-va-tickets-67230416987
Basic

Wednesday

10/30/2019

6 pm - 

8 pm

Hardy County, WV

157 Freedom Way

Moorefield, WV 26836

https://www.eventbrite.com/e/skywarn-basics-hardy-county-wv-tickets-70146761853
Basic

Monday

11/04/2019

6:30 pm -

8:30 pm

Harford County,MD

Harford County Department of Emergency Services

2220 Ady Road

Forest HIll, MD 21050

https://www.eventbrite.com/e/skywarn-basics-harford-county-md-tickets-73148309563
Basic

Tuesday

11/12/2019

6 pm - 

8 pm

Spotsylvania County

Spotsylvania Fire/Rescue Station 4

4804 Bancroft Rd

Fredericksburg, VA 22408

https://www.eventbrite.com/e/skywarn-basics-spotsylvania-county-tickets-67227775085

Winter Skywarn Classes - Requires previous Basics course

Winter

Tuesday

09/24/2019

6 pm -

8 pm

Howard County, MD

Howard Community College

Howard Hall, Room HW-249

10901 Little Patuxent Pkwy

Columbia, MD 21044

https://www.eventbrite.com/e/skywarn-winter-howard-countymd-tickets-70143076831
Winter

Thursday

10/24/2019

6 pm - 

8 pm

Montgomery County, MD

Public Safety Headquarters

100 Edison Park Drive

Gaithersburg, MD 20878

https://www.eventbrite.com/e/skywarn-winter-montgomery-countymd-tickets-66688943425
Winter

Wednesday

11/06/2019

6 pm -

8 pm

Culpeper County, VA

Culpeper County Office of Emergency Services

14022 Public Safety Court

Culpeper, VA 22701

https://www.eventbrite.com/e/skywarn-winter-culpeper-countyva-tickets-74464997813

Further Skywarn classes will be scheduled this fall.

 

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.

 

Join NWS_BaltWash SKYWARN®

 

National Weather Service Baltimore/Washington

SKYWARN® Presentations

 

Descriptions of SKYWARN Spotter Classes

 

SKYWARN® Basics (pdf)

SKYWARN® Flood (pdf)  -- Updated for 2019!

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 lwx-report@noaa.gov