What is SKYWARN?

SKYWARN® is a volunteer program with nearly 290,000 trained severe weather spotters across the country. These volunteers keep their local communities safe by providing timely and accurate reports of severe weather to the National Weather Service.

To ensure a network of knowledgeable volunteers and accurate reporting, those who are interested in becoming spotters are asked to attend a training session provided by a local office of the National Weather Service. SKYWARN® training is provided free of charge and typically covers these areas:

  • Basics of thunderstorm development
  • Fundamentals of storm structure
  • Identifying severe weather features
  • Information to report
  • How to report
  • Basic severe weather safety
Training sessions are offered throughout Maine and New Hampshire by the Gray Forecast Office.
    SKYWARN Spotter Training

To keep informed of the latest training dates and locations, you can listen to announcements on NOAA Weather Radio, or click here.

If you're interested in hosting training in your area, or have any questions about the WX1GYX SKYWARN program, please contact SKYWARN Amateur Radio Coordinator, Eric Emery, at:

SKYWARN Presentations:

  • Click here to download the SKYWARN Strategy Meeting presentation, held on December 6th, 2014.
  • Click here to download the SKYWARN Strategy Meeting presentation, held on December 5th, 2015.
  • Click here to download Mike Kitsner's Winter SKYWARN presentation from the January 2015 training.
  • Click here to download the SKYWARN Strategy Meeting presentation, held on December 3rd, 2016.
  • Click here to download the SKYWARN Strategy Meeting presentation, held on December 2nd, 2017.
  • Click here to download the SKYWARN Strategy Meeting presentation, held on December 1st, 2018.
  • Click here to download the SKYWARN Drill / Net Control Training presentation from October 2019.

Resources for Spotters:

Click on the buttons below to download helpful documents such as the SKYWARN Spotter Guide, and more.

SKYWARN®.org Spotter Training Slides Lightning Safety
NWS Threat Assessment Hail Estimating Wind Speeds
SPC Convective Outlooks SKYWARN Refresher Training (NWS Taunton) Fujita Scale
Types of Thunderstorms SKYWARN Online Refresher Training Quiz Tornado Guide

Resources for Net Controls:

Master Net Control operators at the WX1GYX station in Gray, and Regional Net Control or Coordinators, should become familiar with the following documents. The most important of these are the updated Operations Manual and SKYWARN Network flow chart.

Click here to download the updated SKYWARN Net Control Scripts

Click here for directions to the Weather Forecast Office in Gray, ME

Click here to download the Quick Reference Packet for the Yaesu FT-8900 at NWS Gray.

Monitor the Hazardous Weather Outlook or Enhanced Hazardous Weather Outlook for potential weather concerns and SKYWARN Activation requests.

SKYWARN Operations Manual Severe Weather Report Form  Log Sheet  SKYWARN Network

WX1GYX SKYWARN Amateur Radio Station

The WX1GYX Amateur Radio station at NWS Gray consists of a Yaesu FT8900 for VHF/UHF as well as 50 Mhz operations, and a Kenwood TS570 for HF.  The station is active during formal SKYWARN activations as well as special events such as SKYWARN Appreciation Day, and the Maine 2 Meter FM Simplex Challenge.

WX1GJY SKYWARN Amateur Radio station

The National Weather Service in Gray (WX1GYX) is seeking amateur radio groups in Southern and Western Maine and New Hampshire that would like to participate in this program locally. Participation in the program is voluntary and would be based on impending or ongoing hazardous weather situations impacting the local area. Please contact us if you’re interested.

Specifically, we’re looking for volunteers in Androscoggin, Oxford, Lincoln, Sagadahoc, Kennebec, and Knox counties in Maine, and Merrimack, Hillsborough, Cheshire, Sullivan, and Grafton counties in New Hampshire.

SKYWARN Frequencies

During severe weather and SKYWARN® activations, spotters are encouraged to check the KQ1L system to see if a SKYWARN® representative is taking reports. The official frequencies for SKYWARN activations are:

Primary Repeater: 146.880 (- / 100) KQ1L Link System Primary Simplex: 146.595 FM

Primary DMR: TS1 Talk Group: 759 (SKYWARN) - Newly added July 2018. Update your radios!

Alternate DMR: TS2 Talk Group: 8 (Region North)

Download the SKYWARN Network flow chart for a complete list of regional subnets which may be requested to activate locally and forward reports to WX1GYX. Hams in the Greater Portland area may check into the 147.090 (+ / 100) or 147.045 (+ / 103.5) repeaters to forward reports when subnets are activated.

ARES HF Statewide (Day): 7262 kHz LSB HF Secondary (Night): 3860 kHz LSB
ARES HF Statewide (Night): 3940 kHz LSB HF Alternate: 28.455 MHz USB

NOTE: HF is used as a backup to VHF communications and during exercises.

SKYWARN /  Weather Nets

Yankee SKYWARN® Net (Maine) - meets every Saturday evening at 7:30PM local time on the KQ1L linked repeater system. 

Kingdom Weather Net  (Vermont) - meets every Monday-Friday at 8:30PM on the Jay Peak repeater (K1JAY 146.745  /  -  100Hz), and Sunday at 5PM on 3933 kHz. 

New England Weather Net (New England) - meets every Monday-Saturday at 5:30-6:30AM on 3.905 kHz. Click here for more details.

Echolink Weather Net - 0000 UTC Sunday (Saturday night at 7pm local) on the *WX_TALK* (Node: 7203)

Other Ways to Report:

Phone: 1 (800) 482-0913


Twitter: @NWSGray

Winlink: WX1GYX

Maine NOAA Weather Radio Stations

Site Name Transmitter Name Call Sign Frequency Power WFO
Falmouth Blackstrap Hill KDO95 162.550 500 Gray, ME
Ellsworth Ellsworth KEC93 162.400 1000 Caribou, ME
Milo Milo KHB54 162.550 1000 Caribou, ME
Frenchville Frenchville KHB55 162.475 300 Caribou, ME
Meddybemps Meddybemps KHC47 162.425 300 Caribou, ME
Greenville Greenville WNG542 162.425 300 Caribou, ME
Jonesboro (Marine) Jonesboro WNG543 162.450 1000 Caribou, ME
Sugarloaf Mtn Sugarloaf Mtn WNG547 162.450 300 Gray, ME
Dresden Blinn Hill WSM60 162.475 300 Gray, ME
Caribou Mars Hill WXM77 162.525 200 Caribou, ME
Springfield Lakeville WXN28 162.500 1000 Caribou, ME

New Hampshire NOAA Weather Radio Stations

Site Name Transmitter Name Call Sign Frequency Power WFO
Deerfield Saddleback Mountain KZZ40 162.450 300 Gray, ME
Mt. Washington Mt. Washington KZZ41 162.500 300 Gray, ME
Clarksville Ben Young Hill WNG544 162.400 300 Gray, ME
Holderness Mt. Prospect WNG545 162.550 300 Gray, ME
Hanover Moose Mountain WNG546 162.525 300 Gray, ME
Pack Monadnock Peterborough WNG575 162.525 300 Gray, ME
Concord, NH Plausawa Hill WXJ40 162.400 300 Gray, ME

NWR Station Listing for Maine NOAA Weather Radio

Regional SKYWARN Links

New York
Maine / NH Maine (Eastern)
Albany, NY
251 Fuller Road
Suite B-300
Albany, NY 12203

(518) 435-9580
Burlington, VT
1200 Airport Drive
South Burlington, VT 05407

(802) 862-2475
Norton/ Boston, MA
46 Commerce Way
Norton, MA 02766

(508) 622-3250

Gray / Portland, ME
P.O. Box 1208
1 Weather Lane
Gray, ME 04039

(207) 688-3216
Caribou, ME
810 Main Street
Caribou, ME 04736

(207) 492-0170
NWS Albany NWS Burlington NWS Norton NWS Gray NWS Caribou
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Mount Washington Observatory
Current Summit Conditions
NWS Mt. Washington WX Log
NWS Higher Summits Forecast

Current Observations

GYX Reflectivity Loop 

Intellicast Radar Loop (Berlin, NH)

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