St. Louis SKYWARN
WB0AAF

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SKYWARN is a program of the National Weather Service. While the National Weather Service accepts reports from anyone during severe weather, they give more credence to reports that come from trained spotters. You can become a trained weather spotter by taking a free class given by the NWS. Taking the class and becoming a trained spotter does not obligate you to chase storms (this is actually discouraged), go to certain locations and watch the sky or anything else. If you happen to be in the right place at the right time and want to make a report, you'll be better prepared to do so. See the National Weather Service in St. Louis SKYWARN (LSX - SKYWARN) Web page for more information.

Amateur radio operators who are also trained weather spotters often send in their reports via radio. St. Louis County SKYWARN is a team of amateur radio operators managed by the St. Louis County Police Department Office of Emergency Management. This team activates a radio net when the National Weather Service indicates that there is severe weather in the area. It takes reports from trained weather spotters in St. Louis City and County, Missouri and then forwards these reports to the National Weather Service and the Office of Emergency Management.

Weather spotters within St. Louis City and County who are amateur radio operators are urged to call WB0AAF on the 147.360 MHz (+) repeater during severe weather to give their reports. By doing so you will insure that the information reaches both the NWS and the Office of Emergency Management.

As the National Weather Service wishes to receive reports by location, this program is specific to St. Louis City and County. Other counties in the region maintain their own SKYWARN groups. This amateur radio service is limited to receiving spotter reports. Other media, such as NOAA weather radio (162.550 MHz), television, and broadcast radio provide the current weather conditions.

The monthly SKYWARN test net is scheduled
to take place tonight at 7:00 PM on the 147.360 repeater

Note: The monthly net will be cancelled and replaced by an alert net if there is severe weather in the area.

* * * Severe weather in the area * * *

St. Louis City and County Weather Spotters
please monitor 147.360 MHz

There is NO severe weather in the area

This is a test message only

Only report severe weather and damage

You do not need to "check in" nor inform us that the sirens have sounded. Please see the reporting criteria.

Please note: "Old" spotter numbers are no longer valid

If you have not taken a weather spotter class in the last few years and are still using an "old" spotter number without an "I" or "M" prefix, your training is out of date. The National Weather Service has taken charge of all weather spotter training, there are no "sub-contracted" classes. Please see the weather spotter training link below.

Resources for Weather Spotters

Reporting Procedures
and Criteria

Weather Spotter's
Field Guide
National Weather Service
in St. Louis
(LSX)
weather spotter
training schedule

Map of Municipalities
in St. Louis County

About St. Louis SKYWARN

Mission Statement

About Amateur Radio

Contact Information

Administrative
and
Net Controller
Access

Links to other sites

SKYWARN icon National
SKYWARN
Web site
SKYWARN icon National Weather
Service in St. Louis
(LSX)
SKYWARN page
County PD icon St. Louis County
Police - Office
of Emergency Management
NWS icon National Weather
Service in St. Louis
forecast page


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