National Weather Service is announcing the following meetings for civilian reporting classes on weather emergencies. SKYWARN® spotters provide essential information for all types of weather hazards, the main responsibility of a SKYWARN® spotter is to identify and describe severe local storms.
In the average year
- 10,000 severe thunderstorms
- 5,000 floods and more than
- 1,000 tornadoes occur across the United States.
Since the program started in the 1970s, the information provided by SKYWARN® spotters, coupled with Doppler radar technology, improved satellite and other data, has enabled NWS to issue more timely and accurate warnings for tornadoes, severe thunderstorms and flash floods.