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What is SKYWARN?

SKYWARN, a program of the National Weather Service (NWS), is a network of volunteer weather spotters with training in how to spot and report severe weather conditions.

SKYWARN spotters fill an important void for the NWS. Despite all its tools -- radar, remote weather reporting stations, storm history -- the NWS can't actually "see" tornados, wind damage, hail, road flooding, snow, or icy roads. It may know that such developments are likely to occur, but it can't be certain if they really are occurring or where they are occurring. Skywarn spotters provide "ground truth."

Although non-hams can also be SKYWARN spotters, hams have some special advantages in weather reporting. Hams aren't tied to telephone systems that may fail. Also, many hams have radios in their cars, so they can report developments instantly as they travel through different areas. And by radio nets, the net coordinator can consolidate spotter reports to give a single, concise report to a very busy Mount Holly Office. 

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