FULTON – At the monthly meeting on March 21, the Oswego County Radio Amateur Civil Emergency Service (RACES) group held its annual SKYWARN spotter training.
Oswego County SKYWARN coordinator Keith Hook, KD2NQL, introduced Jon Hitchcock, senior forecaster of the National Weather Service of the Buffalo office along with Mike Fries, warning coordination meteorologist.
Approximately 35 amateur radio operators, college students, general public, and Oswego County Emergency Management Office personnel earned their certification to alert the NWS regarding severe weather and/or storm damage in our area.
Trained spotters, have been, and always will be, a vital link in the NWS warning system.
Within the Central and Northern New York area, there are hundreds of trained SKYWARN spotters who are also Amateur Radio Operators that can supply pertinent weather information quickly and from many areas for use by the NWS staff in their warning decisions and enable the NWS to fulfill its mission of protecting life and property.
The basic training session provides a brief 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.
Anyone can become a severe weather spotter for the National Weather Service. SKYWARN training is free and open to the public.
For further information, call the National Weather Service at (716) 565-0204 ext. 223 or contact Hook, Oswego County SKYWARN coordinator, through the Oswego County Emergency Management Office at (315)591-9150.
More information about SKYWARN is available at http://www.weather.gov/buf/Skywarn
On the Web: NOAA: http://www.noaa.gov NOAA’s National Weather Service: http://www.weather.gov NOAA’s National Weather Service in Buffalo: http://www.weather.gov/buf