What is Skywarn®?skywarn-logo

Started in the 1970’s, the National Weather Service’s (NWS) Skywarn® program trains regular citizens in basic meteorological concepts around severe weather and its development. Trained weather spotters provide “ground truth” to help forecasters in their decision to issue weather advisories.

Denver ARES’s Role

Denver ARES provides Skywarn® radio nets for the city and county of Denver during times of severe weather/winter weather at the request of the National Weather Service or other served agency. Our job is to act as a communication channel between spotters in the field and the Warning Coordination Meteorologist at the NWS field office in Boulder. We use the following script for our severe weather net Denver ARES Weather Net Script.

How do I become a Skywarn® weather spotter?

Skywarn® weather spotter training is provided by the NWS at various times throughout the year. The total course takes around three hours to complete and is provided free of charge.

Upon successful completion of the Skywarn® training you will be issued with a unique spotter number. This number is used when making reports to the NWS.

Details about upcoming training are available at the Denver/Boulder NWS Spotter Training page.

Skywarn® and the Skywarn® logo are registered trademarks of the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, used with permission.