Metro SKYWARN® is a consortium of Amateur Radio, emergency management organizations and other individuals. SKYWARN® mission is to provide trained Amateur Radio operators capable of making accurate reports of severe weather to the NWS. Metro SKYWARN® serves 9 counties in the metro area and works with other SKYWARN® organizations surrounding the region. Organizations involved include the Bloomington Police Department, Ramsey County Emergency Services, the National Weather Service, Bloomington Communications Twin City FM Club, Carver County Radio Club, Anoka County Radio Club and Emergency Services, and Wright County West Metro SKYWARN®.
The Saint Cloud Amateur Radio Club, Inc. is a 100 year old ham radio organization in Waite Park, MN and serves as the host of the Central Minnesota SKYWARN® program under the Emergency Communications Committee supervised by the Board of Directors.
Steele County SKYWARN® is not a club, but an organization of enthusiasts with interests in the areas of severe weather spotting. SKYWARN® has long been associated with amateur radio, but participation in SKYWARN® does not require an amateur radio license. SKYWARN® spotters can communicate by radio, telephone, and internet. Amateur radio, however, is an efficient method of communication and is the primary method of communicating with surrounding counties and the NWS.
Spotters are trained to safely report weather conditions (wind gusts, hail size, rainfall, and cloud formations that could signal a developing tornado). Operating from the Owatonna Fire Department, Steele County SKYWARN® is the central point for the receipt and distribution of information. Information is exchanged with the NWS, 911 Dispatch Center, local media outlets, surrounding SKYWARN® organizations, and other emergency management agencies.