Learn to spot severe weather - Free - No obligations
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 (chasing storms is actually discouraged), to 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.
Click here for information about online spotter training.
Are you a licensed amateur radio operator? Report severe weather
over the air.
Amateur radio operators who are trained weather spotters often
send in their reports via radio. St. Louis Metro 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
Reports are made by county.
Weather spotters within St. Louis City and County who are amateur radio
operators are urged to call WB0AAF on the
146.910 MHz (-)(141.3 Hz) 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 county,
this program is specific to St. Louis City and County. Other
counties in the vicinity maintain their own Skywarn groups.
Weather information is made available through other media.
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.
Free Virtual Spotter Classes
The National Weather Service Forecast Office in St. Louis is offering FREE virtual spotter classes to prepare for the heart of severe weather season. If you would like to assist your local community by becoming a volunteer storm spotter and reporting severe weather to the National Weather Service, or if you simply want to learn more about severe weather, consider attending one of our virtual sessions!