What is SKYWARN?

SKYWARN® is a volunteer program with nearly 290,000 trained severe weather spotters across the country. These volunteers keep their local communities safe by providing timely and accurate reports of severe weather to the National Weather Service.

To ensure a network of knowledgeable volunteers and accurate reporting, those who are interested in becoming spotters are asked to attend a training session provided by a local office of the National Weather Service. SKYWARN® training is provided free of charge and typically covers these areas:

  • Basics of thunderstorm development
  • Fundamentals of storm structure
  • Identifying potential severe weather features
  • Information to report
  • How to report
  • Basic severe weather safety

Training sessions are offered throughout Maine and New Hampshire by the Gray Forecast Office. To keep informed of the latest training dates and locations, you can listen to announcements on NOAA Weather Radio, or check the Yankee SKYWARN web page.
SKYWARN Training at Gorham Recreation

If you or your group are interested in hosting training in your area, please contact SKYWARN Spotter Coordinator, Mike Cempa, at: mike.cempa@noaa.gov

SKYWARN Presentations:

Click here to download the presentation from the SKYWARN Strategy Meeting, held on December 6th, 2014.

Click here to download the presentation from the SKYWARN Strategy Meeting, held on December 5th, 2015.

Click here to download Mike Kitsner's Winter SKYWARN presentation from the January 2015 training.

Click here to download the current SKYWARN Contact List.

Resources for Spotters:

Click on the buttons below to download helpful documents such as the SKYWARN Spotter Guide, and more.

 SKYWARN Spotter Guide  Storms Ahead   Turn Around   Flood Safety Guide
SKYWARN®.org Spotter Training Slides Lightning Safety
NWS Threat Assessment Hail Estimating Wind Speeds
SPC Convective Outlooks SKYWARN Refresher Training (NWS Taunton) Fujita Scale
Types of Thunderstorms SKYWARN Online Refresher Training Quiz Tornado Guide

To report severe weather, contact WX1GYX, submit online or call the SKYWARN Spotter Hotline at: 1 (800) 482-0913

Resources for Net Control Stations:

Master Net Control operators at the WX1GYX station in Gray, and Regional Net Control or Coordinators, should become familiar with the following documents. The most important of these are the updated Operations Manual and SKYWARN Network flow chart. If you're interested in volunteering, please contact the SKYWARN Amateur Radio Coordinator, Tom Berman N1KTA, at: n1kta@wx1gyx.org

Click here for directions to the Weather Forecast Office in Gray, ME

SKYWARN Operations Manual  Severe Weather Report Form   WX1GYX Log Sheet   SKYWARN Network

Resources for Emergency Managers

The National Weather Service Forecast Office in Gray has introduced an Emergency Manager's Self-briefing website, which includes a daily briefing slide, updated by 6am and 4:30 pm, and is organized into hazard types, including maps and data. Click here to visit the new EM Home page. 

NWS Gray Web Site Northeast River Forecast Center Storm Prediction Center
National Hurricane Center Weather Prediction Center Space Weather Prediction Center

WX1GYX SKYWARN Amateur Radio Station

The WX1GYX Amateur Radio station at NWS Gray consists of a Yaesu FT8900 for VHF/UHF as well as 50 Mhz operations, and a Kenwood TS570 for HF.  The station is active during formal SKYWARN activations as well as special events such as SKYWARN Appreciation Day, and the Maine 2 Meter FM Simplex Challenge.

WX1GYX Amateur Radio Station
WX1GYX is a well equipped ham station capable of supporting up to 3 operators simultaneously. Besides the transceivers listed above, the station includes a PC for Echolink, and a VHF/UHF Scanner for monitoring utility stations. In the near future, we will be installing a permanent DMR transceiver as well.

Jason WX4WTF, and Ariel KC1CCB, operate VHF and Echolink during SKYWARN Appreciation Day  (December 5, 2015).

Stefania K1GJY, operates the HF station during SKYWARN Appreciation Day (December 5, 2015).

SKYWARN Frequencies

During severe weather and SKYWARN® activations, spotters are encouraged to check the KQ1L system to see if a SKYWARN® representative is taking reports. The official frequencies for SKYWARN activations under WX1GYX are:

HF Primary (Day): 7277 kHz LSB HF Alternate (Night): 3860 kHz LSB Primary Repeater: 146.880 (-100) KQ1L Link System
HF Primary (Night): 3965 kHz LSB Primary Simplex: 146.550 FM Echolink via: *NEW-ENG* Conference (Node:9123)

Download the SKYWARN Network flow chart for a complete list of regional subnets which may be requested to activate locally and forward reports to WX1GYX. Hams in the Greater Portland area may check into the 147.090 (+ / 100) or 147.045 (+ / 103.5) repeaters to forward reports when subnets are activated.

Spotters with DMR capability are encouraged to monitor TS2, Call Group: 3133 Northern New England (NNE), during events.

Southern New England SKYWARN Frequency List


Yankee SKYWARN® Net (Maine) - meets every Wednesday evening at 8:00PM local time and every Saturday evening at 7:30PM local time on the KQ1L linked repeater system. 

Kingdom Weather Net  (Vermont)  -  meets every Monday-Friday at 8:30PM on the Jay Peak repeater (K1JAY 146.745  /  -  100Hz), and Sunday at 5PM on 3933 kHz.   

Maine NOAA Weather Radio Stations

Site Name Transmitter Name Call Sign Frequency Power WFO
Falmouth Blackstrap Hill KDO95 162.550 500 Gray, ME
Ellsworth Ellsworth KEC93 162.400 1000 Caribou, ME
Milo Milo KHB54 162.550 1000 Caribou, ME
Frenchville Frenchville KHB55 162.475 300 Caribou, ME
Meddybemps Meddybemps KHC47 162.425 300 Caribou, ME
Greenville Greenville WNG542 162.425 300 Caribou, ME
Jonesboro (Marine) Jonesboro WNG543 162.450 1000 Caribou, ME
Sugarloaf Mtn Sugarloaf Mtn WNG547 162.450 300 Gray, ME
Dresden Blinn Hill WSM60 162.475 300 Gray, ME
Caribou Mars Hill WXM77 162.525 200 Caribou, ME
Springfield Lakeville WXN28 162.500 1000 Caribou, ME

New Hampshire NOAA Weather Radio Stations

Site Name Transmitter Name Call Sign Frequency Power WFO
Deerfield Saddleback Mountain KZZ40 162.450 300 Gray, ME
Mt. Washington Mt. Washington KZZ41 162.500 300 Gray, ME
Clarksville Ben Young Hill WNG544 162.400 300 Gray, ME
Holderness Mt. Prospect WNG545 162.550 300 Gray, ME
Hanover Moose Mountain WNG546 162.525 300 Gray, ME
Pack Monadnock Peterborough WNG575 162.525 300 Gray, ME
Concord, NH Plausawa Hill WXJ40 162.400 300 Gray, ME

NWR Station Listing for Maine NOAA Weather Radio

Regional SKYWARN Links

New York
Maine / NH Maine (Eastern)
Albany, NY
251 Fuller Road
Suite B-300
Albany, NY 12203

(518) 435-9580
Burlington, VT
1200 Airport Drive
South Burlington, VT 05407

(802) 862-2475
Taunton/ Boston, MA
445 Myles Standish Blvd.
Taunton, MA 02780

(508) 828-2672

Gray / Portland, ME
P.O. Box 1208
1 Weather Lane
Gray, ME 04039

(207) 688-3216
Caribou, ME
810 Main Street
Caribou, ME 04736

(207) 492-0170
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