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,

Snow is in the forecast, and portions of the region may see its first
accumulating snowfall of the season at the end of the week. It is NEVER
too late to start preparing for the winter season. Winter weather
awareness day for Iowa was November 4th, and Winter Weather Awareness
Week for Minnesota and Wisconsin is November 15th-19th.

There are many online resources you can utilize this season. These
include our local winter monitor [1] for the latest forecasts, winter
weather safety information [2], and the national page [3] for
additional safety information and graphics. Please see the
attached graphics with a few safety tips.

Thank you very much for your commitment to being an ambassador for the
National Weather Service to help build a Weather-Ready Nation. We
can’t do it alone! It takes all of us, working together. Don’t
hesitate to reach out with any questions you have.


Your local Weather-Ready Nation Ambassador liaisons

Molly Peters and Cathy Zapotocny

National Weather Service – La Crosse, WI