Become An Official Spotter For NWS Melbourne SKYWARN Network
By Space Coast Daily // April 27, 2015
One of the most important assets to the National Weather Service warning, forecast and verification process is the SKYWARNTM Spotter Network.
NWS trained weather spotters provide real-time reports of tornadoes, hail, winds, flooding and hurricane damage. SKYWARN spotters include Ham Radio operators, emergency responders and communication dispatchers, citizen groups – and you!
Please check the links below for upcoming SKYWARN spotter classes scheduled for the Central Florida area. The classes are free, and all you need to do is show up (and RSVP if requested on the schedule, link below).
Classes can also be scheduled for groups of 12 or more adults – all you need to do is provide a location and help advertise the class.
Two internet-based SKYWARN courses are also available and recommended. However, since these modules do not cover local aspects of east-central Florida severe weather, they will not count for NWS Melbourne spotter training.
You must attend a formal class to become an official spotter for NWS Melbourne, and to obtain your spotter ID card.
To schedule a SKYWARN class for your organization in the NWS Melbourne Warning Area or for further information about the NWS Melbourne SKYWARN Program, contact Warning Coordination Meteorologist Scott Spratt at: 800-683-4468 ext 223 or by email to: Scott.Spratt@noaa.gov
CLICK HERE FOR SKYWARN SPOTTER CLASSES