SKYWARN

These volunteers help keep their local communities safe by providing timely and accurate reports of severe weather to the National Weather Service in Albany, NY.

SKYWARN

The effects of severe weather are felt every year by many Americans. To obtain critical weather information, NOAA’s National Weather Service (NWS), part of the U.S. Department of Commerce, established SKYWARN® with partner organizations. SKYWARN® is a volunteer program with nearly 290,000 trained severe weather spotters. These volunteers help keep their local communities safe by providing timely and accurate reports of severe weather to the National Weather Service.


Albany National Weather Service Skywarn Net Primary repeater is 147.375 + PL 100 Net Control: WX2ALY


Skywarn Nets on the W2WCR Linked Repeaters:

  • Net - Net Control: N2VU

  • Assistant Net Control: KD2DJU


Warren/Washington Counties SKYWARN Facebook Page

Spring 2022 Weather Spotter Training Webinars


Spotter reports help the NWS in the warning process. Your report becomes part of the warning decision making process, and is combined with radar data and other information and used by NWS forecasters to decide whether or not to:

  • Issue a new warning

  • Cancel an existing warning

  • Continue a warning

  • Issue a warning for the next county

  • Change the warning type (from severe thunderstorm to tornado, for example)

Remember to include the following information:

  • WHAT did you see?

  • WHERE did you see it?

    • ​Latitude & Longitude (most preferred)

    • Road/street or nearest intersection & city/zip code

    • Distance/direction from the nearest city (e.g., 4 NE Saratoga)

  • WHEN did you see it? What is the approximate time and duration?​

Report the location/approximate location of the event. Be sure to distinguish clearly between where you are and where the event is thought to be happening (i.e., "I'm 5 miles north of Saratoga Springs. The tornado looks to be about 5 miles to my northwest"). Be sure that reports that are relayed through multiple sources carry the time of the event, NOT the report time.


Any other details that are important - How long did it last? Direction of travel? Was there damage? etc.



SkyWarn Info, Training, Software, and Gear:


Other Means of Reporting Hazardous Weather: