Storm Spotter Volunteers (Sky Warn)

This is a program of the United States National Weather Service (NWS) which trains local “weather volunteer” monitoring persons to observe and make basic assessments on weather related events and to quickly transmit that information into the NWS in Taunton, MA. At a recent course held in Glastonbury and hosted by Glastonbury Emergency Management, 123 persons were certified as "Spotters". The Federal Meteorologist, who conducted this course, indicated that this training course was the largest held in Connecticut in many years.

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, nursing homes or who have a responsibility for protecting others are also encouraged to become a spotter.

The local Weather Forecast Office is at Taunton, MA. The local Warning Coordination Meteorologist is responsible for administering the SKYWARN™ program in their local area. Training is conducted at various locations and covers: 
    • Basics of thunderstorm development 
    • Fundamentals of storm structure 
    • Identifying potential severe weather features 
    • Information to report 
    • How to report information 
    
• Basic severe weather safety

Classes are free and typically are about two hours long. To find out when a SKYWARN™ class will be conducted in local your area, contact Glenn Field at 508-823-1900 or Glenn.Field@noaa.gov.

A description of the overall program is contained on its home page at http://www.skywarn.org.