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SKYWARN is a nationwide volunteer program that helps the National Weather Service to issue more timely and accurate warnings for severe weather, saving lives and property.


SKYWARN is a nationwide volunteer program of trained weather spotters who provide timely and accurate reports of hazardous weather to the National Weather Service (NWS). The program was established in 1970 to help the NWS improve its ability to forecast and warn the public about severe weather.

SKYWARN spotters come from all walks of life, and they are trained to identify and report a variety of hazardous weather conditions, including tornadoes, thunderstorms, floods, and winter storms. They use a variety of tools to observe the weather, including radar, satellite imagery, and their own eyes.

When a SKYWARN spotter sees hazardous weather, they report it to the NWS by phone, email, or amateur radio. This information helps the NWS to issue more timely and accurate warnings, which can save lives and property.

If you are interested in becoming a SKYWARN spotter, you can find more information on the NWS website. There are training courses available in most areas, and the program is open to anyone who is willing to volunteer their time.

Here are some of the benefits of becoming a SKYWARN spotter:

    • You will learn about severe weather and how to identify it.
    • You will be able to help the NWS to keep your community safe.
    • You will be part of a nationwide network of volunteers who are dedicated to saving lives.
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