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 for upcoming training sessions.

Storm spotters are encouraged to receive training at least every other year, though well-done presentations make annual training interesting.

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.

Greetings Weather-Ready Nation Ambassadors,

As we begin the month of June and head into the summer season, we want to send along a few safety graphics about what it means to be “weather-ready” over the coming months. We will continue to provide additional safety materials to promote being a Weather-Ready Nation.

– Heat Awareness Days – June 2-3

Heat on average contributes to the most weather-related fatalities each year (30-year average is 138 deaths) – We are going into our stretch of heat this weekend, so a good time to review the safety tips  and links for information. [1] AND [2]

– Flooding is also a deadly weather hazard with on average 88 deaths each year.

– Lightning – DYK??? On average there are 41 lightning fatalities each year according to the 30-year average, however in 2019 there were 20, in 2020, there were 17, and thru May 31st , 2021 – ZERO LIGHTNING DEATHS!!!

– Don’t Fry Day [3] was May 28th. This safety campaign was led by the National Council on Skin Cancer Prevention.  This year’s theme was “Small Steps for Sun Safety.”

Thank you very much for your commitment to being a Weather-Ready Nation Ambassador for the National Weather Service and for helping build communities that are increasingly resilient to hazardous weather. As we continue forward, please reach out with any questions you have.


Your local Weather-Ready Nation Ambassador liaisons

Molly Peters and Cathy Zapotocny