WHO WE ARE:
SKYWARN is a national volunteer program of trained weather spotters. Skywarn spotters help keep their communities safe by providing accurate reports of severe weather to the local Emergency Management Agency and the National Weather Service.
WHAT WE DO:
In an average year, there are 10,000 severe thunderstorms, 5,000 floods, and more than 1,000 tornadoes in the United States. A Skywarn spotter’s main responsibility is to identify and describe severe local storms. The information provided by spotters can help the NWS issue accurate and timely warnings—Skywarn Spotters save lives!
Anyone with an interest in severe weather is encouraged to join. Spotters are required to attend a National Weather Service training session. These sessions are held locally, and are free of charge. Training typically covers:
Basics of thunderstorm development
Fundamentals of storm structure
Identifying potential severe weather features
Information to report
How to report information
Basic severe weather safety
For more information, email the Team Coordinator at: firstname.lastname@example.org