SKYWARN Training Scheduled

FULTON – The Oswego County Radio Amateur Civil Emergency Service group in conjunction with the Emergency Management Office is pleased to announce a Winter SKYWARN training session conducted by the Buffalo office of the National Weather Service.

The seminar will be held in the Joint Information Center at the Oswego County Airport, Route 176 N., Fulton.

Parking is behind the center with the entrance at the Airport Drive side of the building.

The seminar will start at 7 p.m. October 17 and will last about one hour.

Entrance will be opened at 6:45 p.m.

SKYWARN is a national effort to save lives during severe weather emergencies with timely re-ports from an expanding network of trained volunteer weather spotters.

The National Weather Service has a number of devices for detecting severe winter storms such as Doppler radar and satellite imagery.

However, the most important tool for observing winter weather is the trained eye of the storm spotter.

SKYWARN spotters support their local community and government by providing reports of severe weather directly to the National Weather Service in Buffalo by phone using the NWS spotter hotline.

By providing observations, SKYWARN spotters assist the National Weather Service staff in their warning decisions and enable the national Weather Service to fulfill its mission of protecting life and property.

The services performed by SKYWARN spotters have saved many lives.

Amateur radio operators trained as spotters also liaison with the local Emergency Management Office to assist in keeping responders abreast of the on going conditions.

Storm spotters are, and always will be an indispensable part of the winter warning program.

The basic training session provides a brief overview of the National Weather Service organiza-tion and our responsibilities, winter weather safety, and winter weather meteorology including how lake effect snowstorms and large scale snowstorms develop.

Mike Fries, our Warning Coordination Meteorologist, from the National Weather Service in Buffalo will be our speaker.

Anyone can become a winter weather spotter for the National Weather Service.

SKYWARN training is free and open to the public.

Pre-registration is requested. Please call the Emergency Management Office at (315) 591-9150.

For further information, call the National Weather Service at (716) 565-0204 ext 223.

More information about SKYWARN is available on the NWS Buffalo website at http://www.weather.gov/buf/Skywarn and at www.oswegoraces.org