Weather Information & Links
Here you’ll find general weather information, links to helpful websites and apps, as well as training that may be helpful.
How to Locate Tornado on Radar
Tornado Debris Signature
WSR-88D Tornado Debris Signature (TDS) Quick Reference
Tornado Intensity Guidance
Example Radar Image
SKYWARN Spotter Weather Training
SKYWARN is a self-contained network of certified weather spotters sponsored and trained by the National Weather Service (NWS). Many spotters are Amateur Radio operators who submit observations via radio. Compiled observations are forwarded to meteorologists at local NWS offices and the data is incorporated into reports and forecasts. SKYWARN volunteers collect on-the-spot weather observations in localized areas that assist NWS meteorologists in producing forecasts that are more accurate and warnings that are more timely.
Online SKYWARN Training Options
You only need to complete one of the Basic courses listed to become a spotter:
The local NWS offices would occasionally hold these course in-person, however most options are all online for now.
SKYWARN Spotter Registration for Mt. Holly Office - in order to register your information and obtain your Spotter ID. You can always report weather to your local NWS office, but reports from spotters and local emergency management agencies are always considered to be more accurate.
Once you get your Spotter ID, you can also add to your knowledge with the advanced spotter course. If you have ever wondered how to spot a tornado on weather radar using both reflectivity and velocity returns, this is for you.
FEMA Weather Awareness Courses
These weather awareness courses go more in depth into specific weather threats and are extremely helpful.
These are offer through FEMA and there is no charge to signup and attend. They are held both in person and online via video conference.
Easiest way to find these classes is on the FEMA First Responder Training schedule:
One of my favorite providers for online offering has been the National Disaster Preparedness Training Center (NDPTC):