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Skywarn Classes

Classes are generally held in the late winter or early spring. Instructors from the National Weather Services offices in Green Bay, WI or Marquette, MI are sent to our area for Spotter Training. Classes are well attended by new and experienced Spotters for a wealth of information, old and new.

 

Our club website, w8pif.com (The Marinette & Menominee Amateur Radio Club) tries to keep up with the date on our front page as soon as we're notified, but you can also find the information at the NWS websites in Green Bay (https://www.weather.gov/grb/skywarn) and Marquette (http://miskywarn.org) to keep up with it too.

 

SKYWARN® is a registered trademark of NOAA's National Weather Service. Thanks to weather.gov for the content of these pages!

 

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Tornadoes, Wind, Hail

Winter storms can bring snow, sleet, and freezing rain across the entire United States and its territories. Even Hawaii gets snow in its Big Island, and major cities as far south as Atlanta and Dallas have been paralyzed by snow and ice. Blizzards occur when strong wind causes blowing snow and whiteout conditions, making roads impassable. Thousands of people are injured or killed every year in traffic accidents related to slippery roads from winter storms.

This website is designed to teach you how to stay safe before, during and after a winter storm. You will find information on winter alerts, science and hazards, snow coverage maps, and information describing the different types of winter storms.


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The Marinette & Menominee Amateur Radio Club works in concert with the National Weather Service of Green Bay, WI and Marquette, MI, and keeps them informed of weather events in our area when a Skywarn Weather Net is called up by the National Weather Service.  Our net usually runs on the W8PIF repeater, at 147.000 with a PL of 107.2, and a positive offset. Our usual Weather net Control is Ed Engleman (KG8CX - left photo), and Cal (W1SGW) usually works a link to the NWS on the Suring Repeater at 145.470 - PL114.8.

Mostly Amateur Radio operators serve as Storm Spotters in their mobiles, handy talkies, and by phone from home or in the field.  But being a radio operator is not a requirement, Spotters can report weather events right over their cell phones, from their homes or cars!

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What is Skywarn?

In most years, thunderstorms, tornadoes and lightning caused hundreds of injuries and deaths and billions in property and crop damages.  To obtain critical weather information, the National Weather Service (NWS) established SKYWARN® with partner organizations. SKYWARN® is a volunteer program with between 350,000 and 400,000 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.

Although 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 an average year, the the United States experiences more than 10,000 severe thunderstorms, 5,000 floods and more than 1,000 tornadoes.

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. SKYWARN® storm spotters are 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 time--seconds and minutes that can help save lives.

Who is eligible and how do I get started?

NWS encourages anyone with an interest in public service to join the SKYWARN® program. Volunteers include police and fire personnel, dispatchers, EMS workers, public utility workers and other concerned private citizens. Individuals affiliated with hospitals, schools, churches and nursing homes or who have a responsibility for protecting others are also encouraged to become a spotter. Ready to learn more? Find a class in your area. Training is free and typically lasts about 2 hours. You'll learn:

  • Basics of thunderstorm development
  • Fundamentals of storm structure
  • Identifying potential severe weather features
  • Information to report
  • How to report information
  • Basic severe weather safety

Need help with your Spotter Number or other local information such as a missing class schedule? Looking for our online program?

  • If you need help finding your spotter number or a class schedule, contact your local Warning Coordination Meteorologist.  He or she can help you get, find or replace your spotter information and let you know about upcoming classes. Classes typically are held in an office's relatively slow season.  Classes are NOT typically offered all year.  Schedules vary from office to office. 
  • You also can also take our online spotter program.  Some local offices also ask that you take a local class to learn about weather unique to your area.

SKYWARN® is a registered trademark of NOAA's National Weather Service. Thanks to weather.gov for the content of these pages!