Weather Service to offer Skywarn training in Mount Morris
The Buffalo office of the National Weather Service will conduct a Skywarn spotter training seminar May 29 at the Livingston County Fire Training Facility, 3360 Gypsy Lane, Mount Morris.
The training session, sponsored by the Genesee Valley Amateur Radio Association, begins at 7 p.m. will last about 2 hours. There is no cost for the training.
Skywarn is a national effort to save lives during severe weather emergencies with an expanding network of trained volunteer weather spotters. Skywarn spotters support their local community and government by providing reports of severe weather directly to the National Weather Service in Buffalo through amateur radio or by phone using the the NWS spotter hotline.
The basic training session provides an overview of the National Weather Service organization and its responsibilities, severe weather safety, and basic severe weather meteorology including how thunderstorms, severe thunderstorms and tornadoes form.
The services performed by Skywarn spotters have saved many lives, according to the Weather Service.
The National Weather Service has a number of devices for detecting severe thunderstorms. Included in these are Doppler radar, satellite, and lightning detection networks. However, the most important tool for observing thunderstorms is the trained eye of the storm spotter, the Weather Service said in a news release.
By providing observations, Skywanrn spotters assist National Weather Service staff in their warning decisions and enable the Weather Service to fulfill its mission of protecting life and property.
Storm spotters are, and always will be, an indispensable part of the severe local storm warning program.
For more information, contact the National Weather Service at (716) 565-0204 ext. 223 or Genesee Valley Amateur Radio Association by email at firstname.lastname@example.org
More information about Skywarn is available on the NWS Buffalo website at http://www.weather.gov/buf/spt.htm