Frederick County Division of Emergency Management Partners with the National Weather Service to Offer SKYWARN® Flood Course

The weather course is being held Tuesday, March 26, 2019.


FREDERICK, MD –   Do you have an interest in weather, specifically, heavy rain and flooding? Would you like to be able to help your local National Weather Service 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 flood course.

By attending this course, you will be trained by NWS personnel to recognize different types of flooding, learn how it is forecast and what causes it to occur, and get an in-depth look into the science of hydrology. The SKYWARN® Basics course is not required prior to attending this course — everyone is welcome!

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 on how to report this vital weather information. For those who have attended in the past but want a refresher, please feel free to attend.

This SKYWARN® Spotter Class is offered free of charge from the combined efforts of your local National Weather Service Forecast Office and the Frederick County Division of Emergency Management. A National Weather Service meteorologist will teach the class and provide related materials.

The course will be held Tuesday, March 26, from 6 p.m. – 8:30 p.m. at the Frederick Senior Center, 1440 Taney Avenue, Frederick. You must be at least 14 years old to become a Spotter. Registration is required to attend the class and is available on a first come, first served basis at

Contact the Division of Emergency Management at [email protected] for questions or concerns regarding the class.
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