What is Skywarn? According to the National Weather Service website, 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.
We created South Georgia Skywarn Spotters (a division of SWGA Weather, Inc.) in February of 2017 because we saw a need to help South Georgia be more weather ready when it comes to severe weather events. January of 2017 was a particular devastating month for South Georgia as an EF3 tornado killed 11 people and left mass destruction behind.
We maintain vigilance for potential severe weather events by monitoring various National Weather Service products. Then, we pass along this information to you. As severe weather approaches, we monitor radar data and look for issuance’s of watches, warnings, and advisories from the National Weather Service (which are given to you directly). Once severe weather has hit the area, members of our team safely will go into the community and provide real time updates to the local National Weather Service office (Tallahassee, Atlanta, and/or Jacksonville). This allows for quick accurate information to be sent out via the Emergency Broadcast System from the National Weather Service so that you may be safe.
As members of the community, our #1 goal is to help keep our neighbors, family, & friends safe from severe weather events. Through increased lead times, education, and determination, we can save lives.