SKYWARN Spotter Training 2019
Want to help the National Weather Service spot storms and save lives?
Free SKYWARN spotter training is coming up on February 16th, 2019. What's SKYWARN? It's a project of the National Weather Service:
The effects of severe weather are felt every year by many Americans. In most years, thunderstorms, tornadoes and lightning caused hundreds of injuries and deaths and billions in property and crop damages. To obtain critical weather information, the National Weather Service (NWS) established SKYWARN® with partner organizations. SKYWARN® is a citizen volunteer program with between 350,000 and 400,000 trained severe weather spotters. SKYWARN® storm spotters are citizens who form the nation's first line of defense against severe weather. These volunteers help keep their local communities safe by providing timely and accurate reports.
There are SKYWARN sessions held all over the state, but the closest class for us will be on Saturday, February 16th at the Granville Arts Center; The Atrium, North 5th Street, Garland, TX.
There will be two classes during the day, with a break for lunch. There will be food trucks during lunch hours, prize drawings and informational booths. The courses will be:
9am - 12pm - Basic SKYWARN
1pm - 4pm - Advanced SKYWARN (including radar interpretation)
The class is free and open to the public. No advanced registration is required.
Not convinced yet? Let's hear from the NWS on the importance of the SKYWARN program:
Since the program started in the 1970s, the information provided by SKYWARN® spotters, coupled with Doppler radar technology, improved satellite and other data, has enabled NWS to issue more timely and accurate warnings for tornadoes, severe thunderstorms and flash floods. Storm spotters play a critical role because they can see things that radar and other technological tools cannot, and this ground truth is critical in helping the NWS perform our primary mission, to save lives and property.
For more information SKYWARN, including alternate dates and training locations, please see the SKYWARN Spotter Training Schedule 2019.