December 1st & 2nd 5 PM to 5 PM

SKYWARN Recognition Day was developed in 1999 by the National Weather Service and the American Radio Relay League. It celebrates the contributions that SKYWARN volunteers make to the NWS mission protecting life and property. Amateur radio operators form a large percentage of the SKYWARN volunteers across the country. They provide vital communication between NWS and emergency management if normal communications become inoperative. Not only does the NWS appreciate these efforts, but most of them are also amateur operators. During the SRD special event, amateur operators and other SKYWARN spotters are invited to NWS offices for learning, fellowship and to contact other radio operators across the world. Awards can be earned for contacting other NWS offices.

What is SKYWARN®?

The United States is the most severe weather-prone country in the world. Each year, people in this country cope with an average of 10,000 thunderstorms, 5,000 floods, 1,200 tornadoes, and two land falling hurricanes. Approximately 90% of all presidentially declared disasters are weather-related, causing around 500 deaths each year and nearly $14 billion in damage. SKYWARN is a National Weather Service (NWS) program developed in the 1960s that consists of trained weather spotters who provide reports of severe and hazardous weather to help meteorologists make life-saving warning decisions. Spotters are concerned citizens, amateur radio operators, truck drivers, mariners, airplane pilots, emergency management personnel, and public safety officials who volunteer their time and energy to report on hazardous weather impacting their community

Where & When:
NWS Pueblo - 3 Eaton Way, Pueblo, CO 81001 (near Pueblo Airport)
Friday, Dec. 1st, from 5 p.m. thru Saturday, Dec. 2nd, 5 p.m.                                EXCEPT this year, due to COVID

• Special Event Radio Station WXØPUB (1-3 stations)
• NWS Tour and A.R.E.S. Communication Van/Trailer Tour
• Special Farewell to NWS Pueblo Warning Coordination Meteorologist, Tom Magnuson
• Food (snacks and chili on Saturday)