In Grayson County, the SKYWARN® spotter network is managed in close coordination with ARES®, and most individuals begin by applying to become an ARES® memeber. There is no formal application to become a spotter, just a desire to learn and serve the local community.
To become eligible for assignment as a spotter, individuals are required to attend annual training sessions conducted by the local National Weather Service (NWS) office. These are usually held in the spring months prior to the start of the storm season; a schedule of classes will be posted on the TECO event calendar. There are also several online training courses that are strongly recommended, as well as extensive guides and other documents to study. All of these are listed and described in more detail on the SKYWARN® Training page.
Mentoring is also a very important part of spotter training; new spotters are encouraged to “team up” with more experienced spotters to “learn the ropes” and to have a person to go to whenever there are questions.
Attention Scanner Users!
You can listen to the on-air communications during SKYWARN® alerts in Grayson County. Click on this link for instructions: Scanner Users Instructions