| SKYWARN Spotter Training
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||IMPORTANT: Classes may be canceled
with short notice should severe weather, a tropical storm, or hurricane pose a
threat to the forecast area. All potential class attendees should check
the web site on the day of the class or contact the class point of
contact to insure that the class has not been canceled.
Spotter Class Links & Info
The NWS's mission is to protect lives and property. When weather conditions are favorable for severe thunderstorms
or tornadoes are expected to develop, a severe thunderstorm or tornado WATCH is issued. A Severe Thunderstorm or Tornado WARNING
is issued when severe weather has been reported by a Skywarn spotter or indicated by Doppler radar. Skywarn volunteers become
the NWS's eyes and ears, helping to provide better weather watch and warning services.
Who will activate Skywarn?
The NWS and/or the local emergency management authorities may activate the Skywarn net whenever there is a threat of severe
weather or the NWS issues a severe thunderstorm or tornado watch. In this case, information may be relayed through amateur
radio repeaters. Localized events may be phoned directory to the NWS and/or local emergency management.
Where will Skywarn observations be taken?
Skywarn reports are relayed from on the road, while at work, or at your home. It is important not to
jeopardize your own safety while participating in Skywarn