Skywarn Spotter Training

SKYWARN weather spotters are trained volunteers that watch the skies during severe weather and relay reports back to the National Weather Service (NWS).  Spotter reports are crucial for effective warnings and can save lives by validating an existing warning or providing the impetus for issuing a new warning.

Skywarn spotter training sessions are offered free to anyone with an interest in severe weather and in providing these critical reports that contribute to public safety.  The training is ideal for ham radio and C.E.R.T. groups, first responders, dispatchers and private citizens interested in getting involved, boaters on inland waterways and local coastal waters.  Want more information?

This online SKYWARN Spotter Training Course is being offered by the COMET® Program as part of its educational partnership with the National Weather Service (NWS).   This 2-hour online course covers the basics of being a SKYWARN Spotter.  The goal of the course is to provide baseline training for all spotters through multiple modules covering the procedures for spotting (including communication and spotter report criteria) and safety considerations for all hazards.  At the end of this course, learners should be able to:

  • Describe the role of the SKYWARN Spotter
  • Identify examples of proper safety while spotting during specific spotting scenarios
  • Identify reportable events and criteria for reporting
  • List the seven required pieces of information to communicate when making a spotter report
  • Demonstrate how to make clear and succinct spotter reports
  • Identify from a photo or video important visual features to report

This course is being offered by the COMET® Program and is made known to the Squadron and associates as a public service.


  •  Sunday, October 31, 2021
     6:30 pm - 8:30 pm

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