NWS Skywarn Program

The effects of severe weather are felt every year by many Americans. To obtain critical weather information, NOAA's National Weather Service (NWS), part of the U.S. Department of Commerce, established SKYWARN® with partner organizations. SKYWARN® is a volunteer program with nearly 290,000 trained severe weather spotters. These volunteers help keep their local communities safe by providing timely and accurate reports of severe weather to the National Weather Service.

Website Updates

Be sure to check out the new interactive NexRad Radar map now available on the site!

Become a Spotter

To become a Skywarn Spotter in your area click on the "Directory" link to locate a Skywarn group within your county or community. Once you locate your local Skywarn group you will need to complete a training course provided online for free at MetEd or participate in a classroom course. It is recommended that you obtain your Amateur Radio (HAM) license in order to report weather events rapidly when weather effects cellular and landline services.

RDU Weather Data

Below is a link to the Raleigh, NC NWS Forecast Office, there you can find detailed information regarding current weather, severe weather events, historical data and much more.

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The alerts provided are for statewide severe weather events, for local alerts in your area follow this LINK to the National Weather Service list of RSS feeds by county. For a current look at the Hazardous Weather Outlook for the Raleigh/Durham area follow this LINK to obtain current and past reports/feeds.

Weather Briefings