National Weather Service SKYWARN® Class Scheduled for April

News Release, St. Mary’s County Public Information Office

Leonardtown, MD – The St. Mary’s County Department of Emergency Services & Technology will host a SKYWARN – Basics training session on April 25, 2019 from 6 – 8 p.m. in the commissioners meeting room inside the Chesapeake Building in Leonardtown. The address is 41770 Baldridge Street, Leonardtown, MD.

Citizens with an interest in weather and/or who would like to help the local National Weather Service (NWS) office to provide ground truth on atmospheric conditions seen on radar, satellites and various reporting stations are encouraged to attend.

Attendees will be trained by NWS personal to recognize features associated with developing, mature and dissipating thunderstorms which cause hazardous weather such as lightning, flooding, hail, tornadoes and downbursts. Basics about winter weather and tropical hazards will also be taught.

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

Registering for a SKYWARN® Class

Interested citizens are required to pre-register for all classes. This is necessary to control class size and provide the proper amount of handouts. Classes have a limited amount of space. Registrants are asked to notify the Department of Emergency Service if they are unable to attend in order to make the spot available to another individual. Future classes will be announced on this page. 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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