How to join SKYWARN
The primary way to become a certified SKYWARN storm
spotter is to take our local on-line SKYWARN training, which can be found by
clicking here. This comprehensive training will introduce
you to the program and cover a variety of severe weather topics with specific
emphasis on northeast weather. After
completing the program and taking the short test we'll contact you and enter
your information into our system. The
training lasts approximately 2 hours.
An alternative method is by attending one of our on-site
SKYWARN training sessions. Just contact
our SKYWARN program leader John Goff at firstname.lastname@example.org,
or our Warning Coordination Meteorologist Scott Whittier at email@example.com for details.
If you would like to set up a talk, here are the
For a complementary additional training, you may also
visit the COMET
website which offers SKYWARN training on a more national perspective, but
you must complete one of the two steps described above to become a certified
spotter for the NWS in Burlington, VT.
The spotter network is usually activated whenever
there is a threat of severe or hazardous weather. Usually, this preceded by the issuance of a
Severe Thunderstorm Watch or Tornado Watch.
SKYWARN reports can be relayed from your location to
the National Weather Service via volunteer ham radio, by calling our toll free
SKYWARN weather spotter telephone number (provided to you when you join). An on-line storm report off our webpage is
also available, or you may post through our local Facebook page at https://www.facebook.com/US.NationalWeatherService.Burlington.gov.