Severe weather season is fast approaching so it is time to dust off the Skywarn material and get ready for spotter training. More than 10,000 severe storms, 5,000 floods and 1,000 tornadoes occur during a typical year across the United States. Many of these severe weather reports are received by Skywarn spotters. Skywarn is a volunteer program that consists of more than 250,000 trained severe weather spotters. These spotters provide timely and accurate weather reports to their local National Weather Service office. Skywarn volunteers are an essential part of the warning process and have had a positive impact on the improvement in severe weather detection and warning lead times.
Anyone with an interest in public service and/or severe weather is encouraged to participate in the Skywarn program. We see a lot of volunteers that coming from various backgrounds, including: fire fighters, law enforcement, public utility workers, and HAM radio operators. However, these training sessions are not limited to these individuals. Skywarn may be for you if you have ever had an interest in severe weather and would like to learn more about storm structure, the identification of severe weather features, or what to do when severe weather strikes. The only requirement for participation in the program is the completion of a FREE spotter training course provided by the National Weather Service. These courses are offered in numerous communities and generally last approximately 2 hours.
Topics covered in these courses include:
- Basics of thunderstorm development
- Fundamentals of storm structure
- Identifying potential severe weather features
- Information to report
- How to report information
- Basic severe weather safety
February 2016 Skywarn Classes:
Monday 8th in Snyder
Snyder Fire Station 7-9 p.m.
Monday 8th In Comanche
Comanche Community Center 7-9 p.m.
Tuesday 9th in Eastland
Eastland Fire Dept. 7-9 p.m.
Saturday 20th in Brownwood
HPU Newman Hall #136 9-11 a.m.
Thurday 25th in Colorado City
Civic Center 7-9 p.m.
Saturday 27th in Abilene
ACU Onstead Packer Building 9-11 a.m.
March 2016 Skywarn Classes:
Tuesday 1st in Goldthwaite
Mills County Courthouse 7-9 p.m.
Monday 7th in Anson
New Jail 6 p.m.
Thurday 10th in Ballinger
Volunteer Fire Department 7:30 p.m.
Monday 21st in Sweetwater
TSTC Temple Dickson Building #120 6 p.m.
Monday 28th in Throckmorton
County Courthouse 6:30 p.m.
April 2016 Skywarn Classes:
Monday 11th in Albany
Albany Fire Department 6:30 p.m.
Thursday 14th in Coleman
Novice Community Center 7 p.m.
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