We activate directed nets any time a severe thunderstorm or tornado warning is issued staffing permitting.
Skywarn is the National Weather Service (NWS) program of trained volunteer severe weather spotters. Skywarn spotters support their local community and government by providing the NWS with real-time severe weather reports. These reports, when received by meteorologists and integrated with modern NWS technology, can then be used to inform citizens of the proper actions to take as severe weather threatens.
Cuyahoga County Skywarn is responsible for coordinating the Skywarn spotters who are also licensed amateur radio operators. We ensure the timely collection of severe weather reports via two-way radio. We are an independent organization that works with the National Weather Service in Cleveland. Skywarn is not a program of the ARRL or ARES, nor do we have any club affiliations (but we are grateful for the clubs that allow us to use their repeaters). Amateur radio Skywarn volunteers need not be a member of the ARRL, ARES, or any club to participate.
Cuyahoga County Skywarn is also responsible for providing operators to staff the amateur radio station at the National Weather Service Office in Cleveland, Ohio to quickly relay severe weather reports to the forecasters. For more information on our operation at the Cleveland weather office, please visit wx8cle.org.
Cuyahoga County Skywarn conducts weekly nets every Wednesday at 8:30 PM from April through September.
Primary operations are on 146.76(-), PL110.9.