Winona Amateur Radio Club applied for and has been accepted as at Weather-Ready Nation Ambassador by the National weather service. In the LaCrosse Weather service jurisdiction, only 4 other amateur radio groups enjoy that distinction. Click HERE for more information.
SKYWARN® spotters provide essential information for all types of weather hazards, the main responsibility of a SKYWARN® spotter is to identify and describe severe local storms. In the average year, 10,000 severe thunderstorms, 5,000 floods and more than 1,000 tornadoes occur across the United States. These events threatened lives and property.
SKYWARN® storm spotters are part of the ranks of citizens who form the Nation’s first line of defense against severe weather. There can be no finer reward than to know that their efforts have given communities the precious gift of time–seconds and minutes that can help save lives.
Skywarn training in the Winona area is provided by the La Crosse NWS office. Training is available in online this year. See https://www.weather.gov/arx/skywarn_schedule for upcoming training sessions.
Storm spotters are encouraged to receive training at least every other year, though well-done presentations make annual training interesting.
The training schedule for 2021 is as follows. All training this year is virtual.
March 11 – 6:30 p.m. CST
March 16 – 6:30 p.m. CDT
March 22 – 10 a.m. CDT
April 1 – 1 p.m. CDT
April 7 – 6:30 p.m. CDT
April 15 – 10 a.m. CDT
April 20 – 6:30 p.m. CDT
WARC Skywarn Nets use the 146.640 (-, 100HZ) repeater.
June 28, 2020 Supercells
On June 28, 2020, spotters KB0UDI, WK0W, and N0NAN reported 4 tornadoes touching down in central Winona county. They were also able to get some amazing shots of the storm. KF0ACN was able to get some photos and video of the storm as it was passing over Winona. No injuries, deaths, or property damage was reported as the result of the storm.