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Active Weather for the Rockies; Southern Plains Storm Taking Shape

Snow showers, squalls and strong winds will affect portions of the Cascades and Rockies through Wednesday. Meanwhile, a developing storm across the Southern Plains will track toward the Great Lakes into Thursday as severe thunderstorms, flash flooding and strong winds are forecast for the Mid-Lower Mississippi Valley. Heavy snow is possible for the Upper Midwest and wintry mix for the Northeast. 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!








Basics Classes




Feb 23rd, 2023


6 PM to 8 PM                                      


Fairfax County, VA


Fairfax County Department of Emergency Management 4890 Alliance Drive Fairfax, VA 22030

Basics Tuesday April 11th, 2023 6 PM to 8 PM Prince George's County, MD

Prince George's County Office of Emergency Management

7915 Anchor Street, Landover, MD, 20785

Advanced - Severe Classes

Severe  Monday, May 15th, 2023 6 PM to 8 PM Prince George's County, MD

Prince George's County Office of Emergency Management

7915 Anchor Street, Landover, MD, 20785
Further classes will be scheduled through the spring

Basics SKYWARN 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


Forgot your Spotter ID? Contact us!
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