SKYWARN Training Session Scheduled

The Buffalo office of the National Weather Service will be conducting a SKYWARN spotter training seminar in Fulton, at the Oswego County Office of Emergency Management, 200 N. Second St. on March 20 at 7 p.m.

The training session is sponsored by the Oswego County Radio Amateur Civil Emergency Service (RACES) and will last about two 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, phone, or internet using the NWS spotter hotline.

The services performed by SKYWARN spotters have saved many lives.

The NWS has a number of devices for detecting severe thunderstorms, including Doppler radar, satellite, and lightning detection networks.

The most important tool for observing thunderstorms, however, is the trained eye of the storm spotter.

By providing observations, SKYWARN spotters assist NWS staff in their warning decisions and enable the NWS 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 NWS 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 NWS. SKYWARN training is free and open to the public.

Along with the spotter training, the RACES group will host an open house for all interested in attending and learning what RACES and SKYWARN are all about.

For further information, you can call the NWS at (716) 565-0204 ext. 223 or Judy LaMay by email at [email protected]

More information about SKYWARN is available on the NWS Buffalo website at http://

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