Part of being an Emergency Communicator is the opportunity to provide support to the National Weather Service (NWS) during severe weather periods. ARES has a special program, SkyWarn, designed for this that trains and utilizes Amateur Radio Operators to spot weather and provide live updates directly to the National Weather Service (NWS). The NWS, Boulder Office (BOU) has a UHF/VHF radio right in their weather center and can talk directly to spotters when they need to. Likewise the SkyWarn operators can provide reports live to the weather center on storms, reports of storms and verify actual on the ground weather conditions.
If the national weather service issues a severe thunderstorm or tornado warning in Larimer or Weld Counties or the adjacent counties and the storms are moving toward Larimer or Weld county the SkyWarn Net is activated and checkins are encouraged. The net is a directed net however any emergency traffic will be taken.
CO ARES R1D1 is very active with SkyWarn and works closely with our served agencies and NWS to help the community. Part of knowing how to support the SkyWarn program is to get training as a SkyWarn Weather Spotter. R1D1 offers classes in conjunction with the NWS weather spotter program. Because our busiest time of the year is nomally in May – June we set up a class in the first quarter of the year. Stay tuned here for notifications of other SkyWarn training and events.
Current active ARES R1D1 Skywarn members, please access our secure page for working files and specific information related to Skywarn in Colorado ARES R1D1 operational area.