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. SKYWARN and ARES-RACES are natural partners in Delaware County, working together to make our communities safer.