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SKYWARN is a nationwide network of volunteer severe weather spotters. This program is an effort to save lives and property during severe or significant weather emergencies. All you need to do to become a member of the SKYWARN volunteer network is to attend this FREE SKYWARN Spotter Training.

SKYWARN spotters are an integral part of the detection and warning process and assist the National Weather Service by providing information on what storms are actually doing (tress blown down, a tornado moving through the countryside, flood waters washing out a bridge or a dangerous glaze of ice on roads and wires).

SKYWARN spotters are trained at spotting tornadoes, and severe thunderstorms and are informed on how to report hail, strong winds, heavy rain, floods and heavy snow. Forecasters at the National Weather Service combine information from spotters with that from radar and other tools to provide timely and accurate statements and warnings.

SKYWARN volunteers include law enforcement personnel, emergency managers, amateur radio operators, and interested private citizens.

The training will cover basics of thunderstorm development, fundamentals of storm structure, identifying, potential severe weather features, information to report, how to report information, and basic severe weather safety

To register or for more information, contact Mike Guzo at michael.guzo@roanokeva.gov