We encourage everyone to become weather aware and get the Skywarn Spotter Training. You do not have to be a Ham Radio Operator to be a Skywarn Spotter, just ask our followers on Twitter or Facebook! Anyone can be a storm spotter! One misconception is, are storm spotters the same as storm chasers? The answer is NO! Storm Spotters generally do not place themselves in harms way to observe weather conditions. Storm Spotters report weather conditions were they are and observe in place. The National Weather Service in Greenville/Spartanburg does require that all persons wanting to become certified as a Skywarn Spotter be at least 18 years of age.
To get Skywarn Certified follow the link below. It’s free and only takes a short time to compete the online course. Check our blog to see when local classes will be held in your area that you can also take, and they are also free.
After completing the Training, if you want to email your certificates to NWS. Email them to email@example.com
The NWS Skywarn Page for more information on Skywarn
National Weather Service Storm Spotter Educational Material:
NWS Wakefield Office Skywarn Information (even more Training offered on this page)
NIMS ICS Training
Most ARES and other Amateur Radio Emergency Services use WinLink to send messages during disasters. WinLink can be a very useful tool during these times. Here are some links to some great sites on WinLink and how it works.
WinLink Over Packet VHF/UHF