Welcome to the Northern Michigan Severe Weather Network

Welcome! You’ve most likely arrived here from a code either found in a skywarn spotter training or shared by someone already in skywarn.

So what is skywarn anyway?

Since the program started in the 1970s, the information provided by Skywarn spotters, coupled with Doppler radar technology, improved satellite and other data, has enabled NWS to issue more timely and accurate warnings for tornadoes, severe thunderstorms and flash floods. Storm spotters play a critical role because they can see things that radar and other technological tools cannot, and this ground truth is critical in helping the NWS perform their primary mission, to save lives and property.

How do I get involved?

Well, making it here means your already off to a great start. The first step is training. If you’ve arrived here from a spotter talk, congratulations, you’ve already completed this step! If you’ve yet to receive any training please see the training outreach schedule: https://www.weather.gov/apx/Outreach_Events

The next step is to connect with members of the Severe Weather Network. Contact District Skywarn Coordinator Mike Vandermey at kd8reh@yahoo.com to get on our roster and receive further details. The Network meets every first Wednesday of the month at 8 pm for on the air for training and announcements. Please see the NMLRN homepage for a list of repeaters to find the one closest to you at nmlrn.org

Not a licensed ham radio operator? We have an active zello channel! Please download and add the Severe Weather Network channel at https://zello.page/uzdEt7XwzgmQdzAR7

Again, welcome to skywarn. Your dedication to helping your community is greatly appreciated!