SKYWARN® Training Session
Thanks to everyone who joined us in Gorham on January 22nd!
SKYWARN® is a volunteer
program with nearly 290,000 trained severe weather spotters across the
country. These volunteers help keep their local communities safe by
providing timely and accurate reports of severe weather to the National
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:
of thunderstorm development
of storm structure
potential severe weather features
to report information
severe weather safety
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 for announcements on NOAA
Weather Radio, or check the Yankee
page. If you or your group are interested in hosting training in
your area, please contact SKYWARN Spotter Coordinator, Mike Cempa, at: email@example.com
Click here to download the presentation from the SKYWARN Strategy Meeting, held on December 6th.
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.
To report severe weather, contact WX1GYX, submit online or call the SKYWARN Spotter Hotline at: 1 (800) 482-0913 Resources for Net Control Stations
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: firstname.lastname@example.org Resources for Emergency Managers
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.
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.
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): 7277kHz LSB
HF Alternate (Night): 3860kHz LSB
Primary Repeater: 146.880 (-100) KQ1L Link System
HF Primary (Night): 3965kHz 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.