SkyWarn was developed by the National Weather Service in the late 1960’s to help volunteers with training and a system of reporting severe weather. The program uses annual training and amateur radio for rapid reporting directly to the NWS.

In Kent County Michigan SkyWarn is coordinated by RACES (Radio Armature Civil Emergency Services) but all trained spotters are welcome to enter amateur radio nets run by RACES.

Please join us for this exciting public service and help us save lives. You can check this site for the next training class to become a spotter. You can also become an amateur radio operator in one Sunday afternoon by going to a “Ham In A Day” training.


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