SKYWARN®, founded in the early 1970's, is made up of a group of trained, dedicated amateur weather enthusiasts who work in conjunction with the National Weather Service by observing and reporting adverse weather conditions to promote public safety and minimize property damage. With the advent of Doppler Radar, and other technologies, the art and science of weather forecasting has made great strides, but even with all of that technology, the National Weather Service is still in need of 'ground truth' observers. It is through training that the NWS teaches interested volunteers to be safe, effective and accurate weather spotters who can provide them with the needed ground truths.

The requirements to become a member of the Cape May County SKYWARN® team are an interest in weather and a way to pass your weather observations to the County Coordinator. That's It! No special equipment. Just an interest in the weather and helping others by providing On-The-Ground, immediate information about what the weather is doing at your location.

This can be done by by one of the following: phone, computer, GMRS (family service) radio, or Amateur Radio. You do not need to be an amateur radio operator to become a contributing member of Cape May County SKYWARN®. Weekly training sessions are held on Monday evenings at 7:30 p.m. Actual activations of the SKYWARN® network, in the event of severe weather, come from the National Weather Service Field Office at Mt. Holly, New Jersey.

Cape May County SKYWARN® Spotters assist the National Weather Service by being their "eyes and ears" on the ground. This includes tracking and weather reporting for severe thunderstorms, heavy rainfall, high winds, hurricanes, tornadoes, floods, or any other disaster NOAA needs information about. Cape May County SKYWARN® can be activated at any time by NWS Mt. Holly. Your contribution is appreciated!

All Amateur Radio Spotters routinely monitor frequency 147.420 Simplex. Backup frequency is 147.535 Simplex. These frequencies are used when severe weather is imminent or occurring, or when watches/warnings are issued by the National Weather Service (NWS).

ALL SPOTTERS should monitor NOAA Weather Radio on frequencies 162.4Ø MHz (Atlantic City) and/or 162.55 (Lewes, DE). Cape May Co. Specific Area Message Encoding (SAMES) is: 034009 for those with NOAA WX Alert-SAMES capable receivers. Cape May County SKYWARN® recommends everyone have a NOAA WX Radio All Hazards receiver in good working order.

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Updated November 5, 2011

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