through June is the prime tornado season in Illinois (with May the peak
month), although severe thunderstorms and tornadoes can occur in any
month. CCARES members assist the Champaign County Emergency
Management Agency with storm spotting in he county. Any amateur radio
operator who desires to become a storm spotter in Champaign County must
attend National Weather Service training (usually offered each March),
and supplementary training offered by CCARES. This
training goes covers more of the communications aspect of spotting and
our local severe weather net procedures.
Champaign County is in the National
Weather Service Lincoln, IL (ILX) County Warning Area (CWA).
IL Spotter Talk Schedule
Spotter training talks are held throughout the
Lincoln CWA usually beginning in February and ending in May. The
training in Champaign County is usually held in March. Check
schedule for dates, times, and locations.
Preparation, Safety, and Communication
(CCARES supplementary training - Powerpoint).
This presentation was originally compiled by N9XDC and N9DN
the 2002 Central Illinois Severe Weather Seminar.
Severe Weather Net Procedures (PDF)
This document describes our procedures for the
Weather Resource/Information Nets and the Severe Weather Nets.
Updated in April 2006.
Getting ready for storm season? Use
this handy checklist to make sure you're ready.
Weather Report Form (PDF)
Use this handy form to log and report severe
weather to you local NWS office or EOC.
Lincoln IL Spotter Briefing page
Convective outlooks, current watches and
warnings, storm reports, and more.
Basic Spotters' Field Guide (PDF)
This is the guide distributed by the NWS
spotter training presentations - an excellent resource with diagrams
and color photos to aid in identification of storms and storm features..