National Weather Service to offer virtual weather spotter training

Published 2:55 pm Wednesday, April 21, 2021

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The National Weather Service in Newport/Morehead City will be conducting two basic SKYWARN (weather spotters) training classes on April 22 and April 27 from 6:30 p.m. to 8 p.m. Both classes will be virtual. These classes train volunteers to report severe weather to the National Weather Service. Both classes are free and open to everyone; no age requirements, previous training, or equipment is required. All are welcome. You must have internet access via a personal computer or a mobile device to view and hear the presentation.  

The SKYWARN program is a nationwide program that provides real-time severe weather  reports to the National Weather Service. 

“Trained weather spotters provide valuable life saving  information to the National Weather Service and we encourage those who have an interest in  weather to participate in this critical program,” said Erik Heden, Warning Coordination  Meteorologist. “Despite all the technological advances, SKYWARN Spotter reports are still  crucial to the National Weather Service in providing more accurate severe weather warnings” 

There are a limited number of seats so please register if you plan on attending. Register online for the April 22 class here or the April 27 class here. If you have questions please respond via email to For more information on these classes, please visit us at or follow us on Facebook or Twitter.  

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