SkyWarn is a National Weather Service (NWS) program of trained volunteer severe weather spotters. SkyWarn volunteers support their local community by providing the NWS with timely and accurate severe weather reports. These reports, when integrated with modern NWS technology, are used to inform communities of the proper actions to take as severe weather threatens. The key focus of the SkyWarn program is to save lives and property through the use of the observations and reports of trained volunteers.

SkyWarn volunteers donate thousands of hours and the use of their own personal radio equipment and vehicles to give their communities advanced warning of life threatening weather. Since the NWS instituted the SkyWarn Program, there has been a significant decrease in the death rate due to tornadoes and other severe weather.

SkyWarn Training

Free SkyWarn Training classes are held periodically in Forsyth County. Check back on this page for the next scheduled training dates. 

Topics usually include identifying severe weather patterns, including cloud elements of developing thunderstorms, storm motion, intensity and severity based on cloud structure. Trainees also learn the dangers and development of lightning, as well as how and why buildings fail in high winds.

Web-based Training

COMET SkyWarn Spotter training is available for the public to take for free online. The Raleigh NWS is honoring this training and will add anyone who completes this course to its database of SkyWarn spotters for Central North Carolina. The training is offered by the COMET MetED program.