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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
These classes are free and open to the public!









1:30 pm -

3:30 pm

University of Maryland

University of Maryland: School of Public Health

4200 Valley Dr

SPH, Room 1312

College Park, MD 20742
Basic 04/08/2020

6:00 pm - 

8:00 pm

Jefferson County, WV

Independent Fire Company

200 W 2nd Ave

Ranson, WV 25438
Basic 04/15/2020

6:00 pm -

8:00 pm

Albemarle County, VA

Albemarle County Office Building

401 McIntire Road

Charlottesville, VA 22902
Basic 05/06/2020

6:30 pm - 

8:30 pm

King George's County, VA

King George Fire Rescue Company 1

8122 Kings Highway

King George, VA 22485
            Flooding ( Basic class is not required to attend)
Flooding 03/10/2020

6:30 pm -

9:00 pm

Rockingham County, VA

Rockingham County Fire and Rescue

20 E. Gay St.

Harrisonburg, VA 22802
Flooding 03/11/2020

6:30 pm -

9:00 pm

Montgomery County, MD

Montgomery County Public Safety HQ

100 Edison Park Drive

Gaithersburg, MD 20878
Flooding 03/25/2020

6:30 pm -

9:00 pm

Berkeley County, WV

Berkeley County Sheriff’s Office

510 South Raleigh Street

Martinsburg, WV 25401
Flooding 04/08/2020

6:30 pm -

9:00 pm

Prince George's County, MD

Prince George's County Office of Emergency Management

7915 Anchor Street

Landover, MD 20785
Flooding 04/21/2020

6:00 pm -

8:30 pm

Allegany County, MD

11400 Pittsburgh Plate Glass Road

Cumberland, MD 21502
Tropical ( Basic class is mandatory before signing up for this class)
Tropical 05/05/2020

6:30 pm -

8:30 pm

Prince William County, VA

Ferlazzo Building

15941 Donald Curtis Dr

Woodbridge, VA 22191

More classes will be scheduled this spring.


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.


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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