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« on: February 15, 2009, 06:22:59 PM »

Severe Weather Spotter Training

3-9-2009, 6:30 PM

Musser Public Library

304 Iowa Ave., Muscatine, Iowa

Muscatine Amateur Radio Club to host SKYWARN severe

weather spotter training.

What is SKYWARN™?

The effects of severe weather are felt every year by

many Americans. To obtain critical weather information,

NOAA's National Weather Service (NWS), part of the U.S.

Department of Commerce, established SKYWARN™ with

partner organizations. SKYWARN™ is a volunteer program

with nearly 280,000 trained severe weather spotters.

These volunteers help keep their local communities safe

by providing timely and accurate reports of severe

weather to the National Weather Service.

Although SKYWARN™ spotters provide essential

information for all types of weather hazards, the main

responsibility of a SKYWARN™ spotter is to identify and

describe severe local storms. In the average year,

10,000 severe thunderstorms, 5,000 floods and more than

1,000 tornadoes occur across the United States. These

events threatened lives and property.

Since the program started in the 1970s, the information

provided by SKYWARN™ spotters, coupled with Doppler

radar technology, improved satellite and other data,

has enabled NWS to issue more timely and accurate

warnings for tornadoes, severe thunderstorms and flash

floods.

SKYWARN™ storm spotters are part of the ranks of

citizens who form the Nation's first line of defense

against severe weather. There can be no finer reward

than to know that their efforts have given communities

the precious gift of time--seconds and minutes that can

help save lives.

Who is Eligible?

NWS encourages anyone with an interest in public

service and access to communication, such as HAM radio,

to join the SKYWARN™ program. Volunteers include police

and fire personnel, dispatchers, EMS workers, public

utility workers and other concerned private citizens.

Individuals affiliated with hospitals, schools,

churches, nursing homes or who have a responsibility

for protecting others are also encouraged to become a

spotter.

How Can I Get Involved?

NWS has 122 local Weather Forecast Offices, each with a

Warning Coordination Meteorologist, who is responsible

for administering the SKYWARN™ program in their local

area. Training is conducted at these local offices and

covers:

* Basics of thunderstorm development
* Fundamentals of storm structure
* Identifying potential severe weather features
* Information to report
* How to report information
* Basic severe weather safety

Classes are free and typically are about two hours

long. In Muscatine, the Muscatine Amateur Radio Club

will host SKYWARN severe weather spotter training on

Monday, March 9, 2009 at 6:30pm in the Upper Level

Meeting Room of the Musser Public Library, 304 Iowa

Avenue in Muscatine.

For more information about the Muscatine Amateur Radio

Club, visit http://www.muscatinehams.org
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