The WX5FWD SKYWARN™ team are volunteer radio operator liaisons for the Fort Worth National Weather Service (NWS) North Texas SKYWARN™ Spotters. During SKYWARN events, you are reporting information to our team and the NWS warning forecasters. Three goals of a storm spotter are to safely observe, identify and report conditions.

Weather spotters provide what's called "ground truth" to the National Weather Service and emergency weather management. Spotters are needed because, while radar is very good at helping the National Weather Service see what's going on in the upper atmosphere, it's unable to detect what's actually happening on the ground because of the curvature of the Earth. Knowing the "ground truth" about a weather event from the location can be the deciding factor to issue a warning.

Be Prepared For Emergencies While Traveling

Making an emergency kit is easy – here’s a 30 second video showing key emergency supplies to keep in your vehicle:

It’s a great idea to keep a similar kit at home and at your office – www.Ready.gov/build-a-kit has a full list!

Know your Severe Weather Risk

Ready.gov Severe weather impacts every part of the country. One of the best ways to prepare is to know the hazards for your area. www.Ready.gov/today is a great place to start – just click on your state to learn more!

Join America’s PrepareAthon and take action to prepare for the severe weather hazards in your area. More at www.Ready.gov/prepare

Severe weather impacts every part of the country. How does it affect your family? Be a Force of Nature

National Severe Weather Preparedness Week- March 2-8 th , 2014

BeAForce It’s National Severe Weather Preparedness Week! Join us in sharing severe weather safety tips all week long with your friends. Check out how at www.Ready.gov/severe-weather. And if you’re on Twitter, follow the conversation & safety tips all week long at #BeAForce and @NWSFortWorth and @WX5FWD.

2014 Spotter Training Schedule

The North Texas SKYWARN™ Spotter Training Schedule for 2014 has been published and is in progress. Please add a local session to your calendar now. Be sure to check the schedule often for updates and additions.

Visitor Day Postponed for SKYWARN Recognition Event at Fort Worth NWS

Due to the inclement winter storm, the Fort Worth NWS office is postponing plans for visitors on SKYWARN Recognition Day, Saturday, December 7th.  We hope to reschedule a day for SKYWARN visitors another week. We will send another announcement, and post on wx5fwd.org and twitter.com/wx5fwd, when a new date is confirmed.

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