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NWS Newport/Morehead City

2018 SKYWARN® Training

 

Updated 4/23/2018

New Classes This Year Including:

Flood/Tropical

CoCoRaHS Online Webinar!

 

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. 

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. 

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.

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.  

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!

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
March  5th 6:30 - 8:00 PM Basic

300 North 12th Street.  Morehead City, NC.  28557.

Use this map for an easy way to view class location and obtain directions. Go to the rear building, park in the parking lot, when facing the building, go to the farthest door to the left and push the buzzer.  Tell the person who answers that you are attending the NWS course.  Enter the lobby and take the elevator to the second floor.  The course will be held in the large training room, straight ahead.                           

Use Google Form
March 6th

9:30 AM 

And

2:00 PM

Basic

Murphy Center.  Greenville, NC.  27858.  The classes will be located in Harvey Hall located within the Murphy Center on the Campus of East Carolina University.  

Information on parking and the class itself: http://www.ecu.edu/cs-admin/oehs/emergency/Storm-Spotter-Training.cfm

Use this map for an easy way to view class location and obtain directions. 

9:30 AM Class

 

2:00 PM Class

March 9th  6:30 - 8:00 PM Basic

Vernon G. James Research and Extension Center

207 Research Station Road.  Plymouth, NC 27962. 

Use this map for an easy way to view class location and obtain directions. 

Use Google Form
March 19th 6:30 - 8:00 PM Basic

RWS Civic Center.  23186 Myrna Peters Road.  Rodanthe, NC. 27959.

Use this map for an easy way to view class location and obtain directions. 

Going South on Highway 12 it will be on your right and it’s across the street from the Chicamacomico Life Saving Station. 

Use Google Form
March 23rd 6:30 - 8:00 PM Basic

Onslow County EOC.  1180 Commons Drive North.  Jacksonville, NC.  28546. 

Use this map for an easy way to view class location and obtain directions. 

 

 

Use Google Form
March 25th 6:30 - 7:30 PM

CoCoRaHS

Webinar (Online)

Your computer, your home.

To attend you must have a computer or mobile device with internet access (to view the presentation) and a phone line or headset for audio and to be able to ask questions.

Register here
March 26th

6:30 - 8:00 PM

Flood/Tropical

North East Volunteer Fire Department 4486 NC-41, Wallace, NC 28466.

Use this map for an easy way to view class location and obtain directions. 

Use Google Form
March 29th  6:30 - 8:00 PM Basic

Dare County Emergency Operations Center 70 Airport Rd, Manteo, NC 27954

Use this map for an easy way to view class location and obtain directions. Note map is to the Aquarium.  The EOC is across the street from the Aquarium and will be on your left as you come down Airport Road.  

Use Google Form
April 9th 6:30 - 8:00 PM Basic

Tyrrell Hall.  906 Highway 64.  Columbia, NC.  27925.  

Use this map for an easy way to view class location and obtain directions. 

Use Google Form
April 12th 6:30 - 8:00 PM Basic

Craven County EOC. 

411 Craven Street
New Bern, NC 28560  

Enter at the Magistrates lobby take elevator to second floor and EOC is on your left. 

Use this map for an easy way to view class location and obtain directions. 

Use Google Form
April 13th  6:30  - 8:00 PM Basic

Pitt County Agricultural Center

403 Government Circle.  Greenville, NC.  27834. 

Use this map for an easy way to view class location and obtain directions. 

Use Google Form
April 16th  7:30 - 8:30 PM

CoCoRaHS

Webinar (Online)

Your computer, your home.

To attend you must have a computer or mobile device with internet access (to view the presentation) and a phone line or headset for audio and to be able to ask questions.

Register here
April 16th 6:30 - 8:00 PM Basic

Jones County Civic Center

832 NC Highway 58.

Trenton, NC.  28585. 

Use this map for an easy way to view class location and obtain directions. 

Use Google Form
April 19th 6:30 - 8:00 PM Basic

Beaufort Community College.

5337 US-264.  Washington, NC. 

The class will be in building 8, The Continuing Education Auditorium.

Use this map for an easy way to view class location and obtain directions.

Use Google Form
April 20th 6:30 - 7:30 PM

Basic

Webinar (online)

Your computer, your home.

To attend you must have a computer or mobile device with internet access (to view the presentation) and a phone line or headset for audio and to be able to ask questions.

Register here
Date Time Class Location Registration

 

 

SKYWARN Links

Newport District SKYWARN (Eastern North Carolina)

SKYWARN National Page

SKYWARN Spotter Guide

 

Local YouTube Training

Winter Spotter Training Short Version

Winter Spotter Training Long Version

 

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

 

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)
  • 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.