Polk County Skywarn


What is SKYWARN? 

A program consisting of trained weather spotters who provide reports of severe and hazardous
weather to local National Weather Service Offices 

Why do we need SKYWARN? 

SKYWARN spotter reports provide vital "ground truth" to the NWS. The reports serve the NWS
mission of protecting life and property in 3 ways: 

Assist in present and future warning decisions 

Confirm hazardous weather detected by NWS radar 

Provide verification information which can be used for future research efforts.


What is Severe Weather?

Severe Weather criteria:

Winds in excess of 58 MPH
Hail (any size)
Actual Rainfall of 2" or more in a one hour period
Tornado, Funnel Cloud or Waterspout sighting
Damage/Injuries of any kind


Skywarn Resources:

WCF Skywarn Operating Protocols

West Central Florida Skywarn

National Weather Service Tampa Bay

Interactive Weather Information Network  IWIN    (For High Speed Internet Connections)

Interactive Weather Information Network  IWIN   (Text Only)



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