Learn to predict the weather!


Leonardtown, MD – The St. Mary’s County Department of Emergency Services will host a SKYWARN® – Basics training on April 11, 2018 from 6 – 9 p.m. in the commissioners meeting inside the Chesapeake Building, 41770 Baldridge Street, in Leonardtown, MD.

Have an interest in weather? Would you like to be able to help your local National Weather Service (NWS) office by providing the ground truth on the atmosphere that we observe from radar, satellites, and various reporting stations? Then consider attending the SKYWARN® program Basic course.

By attending this course, you will be trained by NWS personnel to recognize features associated with developing, mature, and dissipating thunderstorms which cause hazardous weather such as lightning, flooding, hail, tornadoes, and downbursts. Attendees will also learn basics about winter weather and tropical hazards.

At the end of the course, you will be assigned a SKYWARN® spotter number which will be maintained in the official database at the NWS in Sterling. You will also be directed how to report this vital weather information.

Registering for a SKYWARN® Class:
Interested individuals are required to pre-register for all classes. This is necessary to control class size and provide the proper amount of handouts. Classes have limited space. If you register for a class and cannot make it, please notify us so we can open your spot up to someone else. Upcoming classes will be announced on a future date. All training classes and SKYWARN® membership are free. 

To register for the SKYWARN® Basics training go to
For more information, please call 301-475-4200 Ext. *2124 or email

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