WTRA members are proud to participate in the National Weather Service Skywarn program. SKYWARN® is a volunteer program with nearly 290,000 trained severe weather spotters. These volunteers help keep their local communities safe by providing timely and accurate reports of severe weather to the National Weather Service. Although 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. The WT4RA VHF repeater is frequently used to establish a Skywarn net during severe weather to relay weather information directly to the NWS office in Wakefield. See the Wakefield Skywarn page at http://www.weather.gov/akq/SKYWARN for information on Skywarn spotter training opportunities.
In cooperation with Isle of Wight County Emergency Services, the WTRA helps maintain a network of local weather stations which report local conditions through Weather Underground. Below are live feeds from each of these weather stations.