In most years, thunderstorms, tornadoes and lightning caused hundreds of injuries and deaths and billions in property and crop damages. To obtain critical weather information, the National Weather Service (NWS) established SKYWARN® with partner organizations. SKYWARN® is a volunteer program with between 350,000 and 400,000 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.
SKYWARN® storm spotters are 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.
Training is free and typically lasts about 2 hours. You’ll learn:
- Basics of thunderstorm development.
- Fundamentals of storm structure
- Identifying potential severe weather features
- Information to report
- How to report information
- Basic severe weather safety
The Bluegrass Amateur Radio Society, Inc. is sponsoring a Severe Weather Spotter class on Monday, March 5, 2018 from 7-9pm. The class will be held at the American Red Cross offices, 1450 Newtown Pike, in Lexington. Joe Sullivan, NWS-Louisville Meteorologist, will be the presenter.
For more information, please contact: David Richardson, 859-983-1380 or email him at firstname.lastname@example.org.