SKYWARN weather spotters training classes to be held at Newport/Morehead City site


MOREHEAD CITY, N.C. — The National Weather Service in Newport/Morehead City, NC will be conducting two Basic SKYWARN (weather spotters) training classes this Thursday and on April 27.

Both events will run from 6:30-8 p.m. and 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.

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 lifesaving information to the National Weather Service and we encourage those who have an interest in weather to participate in this critical program,” said Warning Coordination Meteorologist Erik Heden. “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 22nd class here or the April 27th 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 on Twitter.

NOAA’s National Weather Service is the primary source of weather data, forecasts and warnings for the United States and its territories. NOAA’s National Weather Service operates the most advanced weather and flood warning and forecast system in the world, helping to protect lives and property and enhance the national economy. Working with partners, NOAA’s National Weather Service is building a Weather-Ready Nation to support community resilience in the face of increasing vulnerability to extreme weather. Visit us online at and on Facebook.

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