Free SKYWARN Weather Spotter Class to be held Nov. 15

CHARLESTON, SC (WCSC) - Charleston County Government is giving amateur storm trackers the opportunity to learn how to spot weather changes and assist in warning the public.

The SKYWARN Weather Spotter Class will be held Thursday, Nov. 15 from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. at the Charleston County Public Services Building in room 339. The free program is sponsored by Charleston County Government's Emergency Management Department.

SKYWARN is a voluntary program developed by the National Weather Service (NWS). Participants in the program will serve as the eyes and ears for the whole community, providing local agencies with real-time reports of hail size, wind damage, heavy rains and other weather activity during storms.

Class training includes an introduction to the NWS, an overview of different types of severe weather and how to safely observe them, how to send weather reports to the NWS, and much more.

Those who attend the Basic Weather Spotter Class can become certified NWS SKYWARN weather spotters.

No prior knowledge of weather is required for this class.

To register for the Nov. 15 Basic Weather Spotter Class, contact James Tarter, Training Coordinator for the Charleston County Emergency Management Department, by email at or by phone at 843-202-7405.

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