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SKYWARN spotter training session set for April 25

The Buffalo office of the National Weather Service will be conducting a SKYWARN spotter training seminar at SUNY Oswego’s Hewitt Union Room 213A Thursday April 25 at 7 p.m.

The training session is sponsored by the SUNY Oswego Meteorology Club 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 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.

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.

Those seeking further information may call the National Weather Service at (716) 565-0204, ext. 223 or Mary Butwin by email at butwin@oswego.edu.