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NWS Newport/Morehead City

2020 SKYWARN®

 

A Variety Of Classes Have Been Added, All Virtual! 

View Schedule and Recorded Classes By Scrolling Down

 

 

 

About SKYWARN: Our program is a year round program.  Our goal is to train you how to accurately report severe weather to us, ranging from severe weather (hail, wind, tornadoes, flooding) to rain, snow and ice measurements.  All of our classes are free and open to ALL ages.  Most classes do -NOT- require previous training.  The only exception is our Advanced Class, where it is best if you have already attended a Basic SKYWARN class. 

 

Weather Basics: The focus will be on 5th grade weather standards including topics such as: seasonal differences across the world, high and low pressure, warm and cold fronts, the jet stream, the water cycle, climate and weather, hurricanes, and weather safety.  While the focus will be on 5th grade weather standards, ANYBODY is welcome to join us. 

 

***2020 Weather Basics Presentation Download***

***2020 Weather Basics Most Recent Recorded Class***

 

Basic SKYWARN:  Covers the NWS mission and importance of spotters and ground truth reports.  Topics include thunderstorm hazards, thunderstorm ingredients, thunderstorm life cycle, downbursts, supercells, tornadoes, hail, flash flooding, squall lines, bow echoes, and lightning.  Learn how to report severe weather to the National Weather Service.  

Advanced SKYWARN:  It is highly recommended that you take the Basic Class first, as the advanced class is more in depth and may not be suitable for beginners.  We will quickly cover the NWS mission and the importance of spotters and ground truth reports.   We will review and go more in depth on topics such as include thunderstorm hazards, thunderstorm ingredients, thunderstorm life cycle, downbursts, supercells, tornadoes, hail, flash flooding, squall lines, bow echoes, and lightning.  In this advanced class we will go more in depth on topics such as dual polarization radar and radar storm structure as well. 

 

***2020 Online Advanced SKYWARN Presentation Download***

***2020 Online Advanced SKYWARN Recorded Class ***

 

Winter SKYWARN:  Covers the NWS mission and importance of spotters and ground truth reports.  Topics include winter preparedness, winter storm ingredients, nor'easters, historic winter storms in our area, alberta clippers, ice storms, NWS products, measuring snow and ice.  Learn how to report snow and ice to the National Weather Service.

Flood/Tropical SKYWARN:  Covers the NWS mission and importance of spotters and ground truth reports.  Topics include flood and hurricane preparedness, flood and hurricane history in our area, types of flooding, and ways to measure rainfall   Learn how to report rainfall, wind, and storm surge to the National Weather Service.

Hurricane Preparedness:  Learn about the history of hurricanes in our area along with general preparedness.  We will explain why you should focus on all of the impacts of a cyclone and NOT just the category.  We will cover what the forecast cone means and doesn't mean along with how to prepare each hurricane season.  

CoCoRaHS Training:  Learn all about how to measure precipitation through the CoCoRaHS program and how to register for the program.  Topics include setting up your rain gauge, locating a good place for your gauge, how to read the gauge, and how to submit your reports online. 

 

***2020 Online CoCoRaHS Presentation Download***

***2020 Online CoCoRaHS Recorded Class ***

 

Online Versions (Basic/Winter):  Condensed version of the basic or winter class that is usually just under an hour in length.  These classes are taught a few times a season as a supplement to our in person classes.  To take these classes you must have internet access and a phone line for audio.  You can take these in the comfort of your home!  In addition we offer these classes via YouTube.

 

***2020 Online Basic SKYWARN Presentation Download***

***2020 Online Basic SKYWARN Recorded Class ***

 

 

Latest Schedule

Updated 4/1/2020 

 

NOTE: Classes may be canceled on short notice due to severe weather threatening the area. You will be notified via the contact information you registered with. 

 

Date Time Class Location Registration
Thursday March 19th 6:30 - 7:30 PM Basic SKYWARN/Online Recorded Presentation Register Online
Friday March 20th 10:30 - 11:30 AM Weather Basics/Online Recorded Presentation Register Online
Monday March 23rd 6:30 - 7:30 PM Basic SKYWARN/Online Recorded Presentation Register Online
Wednesday March 25th 1:00 - 2:00 PM Basic SKYWARN/Online Recorded Presentation Register Online
Friday March 27th 10:30 - 11:30 AM Weather Basics/Online Recorded Presentation Register Online
Monday March 30th 6:30 - 7:30 PM Basic SKYWARN/Online Recorded Presentation Register Online
Tuesday March 31st 10:00 - 11:00 AM Advanced SKYWARN/Online Recorded Presentation Register Online
Tuesday March 31st 1:00 - 2:00 PM CoCoRaHS/Online Recorded Presentation Register Online
Friday April 3rd 1:00 - 2:00 PM Hurricane Preparedness/Online Your Computer/Mobile Device Register Online
Tuesday April 7th 10:00 - 11:00 AM Weather Basics/Online Your Computer/Mobile Device Register Online
Tuesday April 7th 1:00 - 2:00 PM Flood SKYWARN/Online Your Computer/Mobile Device Register Online
Friday April 10th 1:00 - 2:00 PM Advanced SKYWARN/Online Your Computer/Mobile Device Register Online
Tuesday April 14th 10:00 - 11:00 AM Hurricane Preparedness/Online Your Computer/Mobile Device Register Online
Tuesday April 14th 1:00 - 2:00 PM Tropical SKYWARN/Online Your Computer/Mobile Device Register Online
Friday April 17th 1:00 - 2:00 PM Weather Basics/Online Your Computer/Mobile Device Register Online

 

When to send a storm report?

When you can do safely, please send us a report when you observe one or more of the following:

  • Tornado (confirm rotation)
  • Waterspouts (confirm rotation)
  • Funnel cloud (confirm rotation)
  • Hail (any size)
    • 0.25" or less - Pea
    • 0.50" - Mothball
    • 0.75" - Dime/Penny
    • 0.88" - Nickel
    • 1.00" - Quarter
    • 1.25" - Half Dollar
    • 1.50" - Walnut/Ping Pong
    • 1.75" - Golf Ball
    • 2.00" - Hen Egg
    • 2.50" - Tennis Ball
    • 2.75" - Baseball
    • 3.00" - Tea Cup
    • 4.00" - Grapefruit
    • 4.50" - Softball
  • Wind damage.  What is damaged?  Number of trees down?  Are they snapped, uprooted?  Large branches, small branches?
  • Flooding Include pictures if you can.  How deep is the water (use what is around you as a guide, i.e water up to the bumpers).
  • Snowfall (any amount)
  • Rainfall  (Generally 2" or greater in 24 hours -or- 1" in less than an hour. 

 

Definitions:

  • Tornado: A violently rotating column of air, usually pendant to a cumulonimbus, with circulation reaching the ground. It nearly always starts as a funnel cloud and may be accompanied by a loud roaring noise. On a local scale, it is the most destructive of all atmospheric phenomena.
  • Severe Thunderstorm: A thunderstorm that produces a tornado, winds of at least 58 mph (50 knots), and/or hail at least 1" in diameter. Structural wind damage may imply the occurrence of a severe thunderstorm. A thunderstorm wind equal to or greater than 40 mph (35 knots) and/or hail of at least ½" is defined as approaching severe.
  • Flash Flood: A flood which is caused by heavy or excessive rainfall in a short period of time, generally less than 6 hours. Also, at times a dam failure can cause a flash flood, depending on the type of dam and time period during which the break occurs.

Please include in your report, the location (town and county) and time/date that the severe weather occurred.

If you can supply a picture of the severe weather you are experiencing, please do.

 

 

 

How to report severe weather:

1) Online

2) Facebook

3) Twitter

4) Email at: wxobs.mhx@noaa.gov

5) Toll free number 1-800-889-6889

 

SKYWARN Links

Newport District SKYWARN (Eastern North Carolina)

SKYWARN National Page

SKYWARN Spotter Guide

 

 

YouTube Training

 

Basic SKYWARN (Parts 1 through 7)

Watch all 7 videos and instructions on how to receive your certificate.

 

 

Winter SKYWARN

Watch either video below on how to receive your certificate. 

                                             

 

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You can also contact:

Erik Heden (Erik.Heden@noaa.gov) for additional information about SKYWARN.

 

 

 Harkers Island, NC.  Picture Credit: Chuck Laughridge.