The impacts of hazardous weather are experienced by many Americans each year. 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.
Become a Spotter for NWS Key West by attending an in-person training (see schedule below).
* These are few and far between and run throughout the year.
* We do our best to do training in different locations throughout the keys.
Florida Keys SKYWARN Spotter Class Schedule
**Trainings are open to the public unless otherwise stated**
Next Training Date: December 5th, 2015 from 10:00-12:30 pm at the Florida Keys Eco-Discovery Center in Key West, FL.
Volunteer as a SKYWARN Spotter for your Florida Keys National Weather Service
December 5th, 2015 from 10:00-12:30 pm at the Florida Keys Eco-Discovery Center in Key West, FL.
Skywarn Spotter Training now in Spanish!
NWS Key West is in the process of organizing a training section completely in Spanish! This will be offered by one of our bilingual meteorologists. If you are interested in getting more information, email Krizia Negron at email@example.com.
¡Entrenamientos de Skywarn Spotter ahora en español!
¡El Servicio Nacional de Meteorología en Key West se encuentra en el proceso de organizar una sección de entrenamiento para observadores meteorológicos completamente en español! Este será ofrecido por una de nuestras meteorólogas bilingües. Si usted está interesado en obtener más información, puede enviar un correo electrónico a
Although SKYWARN® spotters provide essential information for all types of weather hazards, the main responsibility of a SKYWARN® spotter is to identify and describe severe local storms. In the average year, 10,000 severe thunderstorms, 5,000 floods and more than 1,000 tornadoes occur across the United States. These events threatened lives and property.
SKYWARN® storm spotters are part of the ranks of citizens who form the Nation's first line of defense against severe weather. There can be no finer reward than to know that their efforts have given communities the precious gift of time--seconds and minutes that can help save lives.