The Buffalo office of the National Weather Service will be conducting a SKYWARN spotter training seminar in Fulton, at the Oswego County Offices – 200 N. Second St., on March 19 at 7 p.m.
The training session is sponsored by the Oswego County Office of Emergency Services and will last about two hours.
The session is open to the public and 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 NWS spotter hotline.
The services performed by SKYWARN spotters have saved many lives.
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.
By providing observations, SKYWARN spotters assist National Weather Service staff in their warning decisions and enable the National 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.
The basic training session provides a brief overview of the National Weather Service organization and our 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 Oswego County Emergency Services at (315) 591-9150.
More information about SKYWARN is available on the NWS Buffalo website at http://www.erh.noaa.gov/buf/spt.htm