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Can You Spot The Perfect Storm? Join Skywarn.

SKYWARN® is a volunteer program of trained severe weather spotters.


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Can You Spot The Perfect Storm? Join Skywarn.

The effects of severe weather are felt every year by many Americans. To obtain critical weather information, NOAA’s National Weather Service (NWS) established SKYWARN® with partner organizations. SKYWARN® is a volunteer program of trained severe weather spotters. These spotters help keep their local communities safe by providing timely and accurate reports of severe weather to the NWS.  The City of Burlington Office of Emergency Management and the NWS welcomes anyone with an interest in public service to join the SKYWARN® program. Webinar training is free and typically about two hours long

The main responsibility of a SKYWARN® spotter is to identify and describe severe local storms. This data has enabled NWS to issue more timely and accurate warnings for tornadoes, severe thunderstorms and flash floods. In an average year, 10,000 severe thunderstorms, 5,000 floods and more than 1,000 tornadoes occur across the United States. These events threatened lives and property.

SKYWARN® storm spotters are part of the ranks of citizens who form the Nation’s first line of defense against severe weather. There can be no finer reward than to know that their efforts have given communities the precious gift of seconds and minutes that can help save lives. To register for the next SKYWARN® class, please sign-up by using the following link: http://www.erh.noaa.gov/phi/webinar.html .