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Our spotters are an integral part in helping our National Weather Service office accomplish our mission of:
"Providing weather, hydrologic, and climate forecasts and warnings for the United States, its territories, adjacent waters and ocean areas, for the protection of life and property and the enhancement of the national economy".

What is a Skywarn Spotter?

SKYWARN is a nationwide network of volunteer weather spotters, trained by National Weather Service (NWS) personnel, who report hazardous weather to local NWS offices. Amateur radio operators and weather observers, generally operating through local organizations, are ideally equipped to contribute to the SKYWARN program. However, the general public is also an integral part of this program. SKYWARN Spotters provide ground truth on the atmosphere that we observe from radar, satellites and various reporting stations. They are our eyes and ears, helping to provide better forecasts and warnings.

To Call In A Report:
(808) 973-5286

What to Report to Us:
ANY tornado, funnel, or waterspout
Heavy rain at a rate of an inch per hour or more lasting more than 15 minutes
ANY type of flooding that is threatening or causing damage
ANY hail
High winds strong enough to cause property damage
ANY weather related death, injury, or significant damage

If you would like to become a Skywarn Spotter for our office, please fill out this FORM and mail it to:
National Weather Service Honolulu
2525 Correa Road, Suite #250
Honolulu, HI 96822


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NWS Basic Spotter Field Guide (pdf)
NWS Advanced Spotter Field Guide (pdf)
SKYWARN Storm Spotter Guides Online

Skywarn Program Managers:
Sheana Walsh:
Liam Tsamous:

Warning Coordination Meteorologist:
John Bravender, WH6GQE:

Skywarn HAM Coordinator for Hawaii:
Kevin Bogan, AH6QO: