Skywarn: basic and advance offered by the National Weather Service

March 8, 2012 at 10:57 am Leave a comment

Arkansas Northeastern College’s Department of Community Education and Dixie Alley Storm Chase Team will host National Weather Service “Skywarn” Storm Spotters class on Tuesday, March 27  from 6:30 p.m. to 9:00 p.m. in the Statehouse Hall Governors Ballroom on the ANC  Blytheville campus. The class is free and open to the public.  Registration is not required.

 Whether you are interested in becoming a serious spotter or just taking the class for fun, the National Weather Service’s Skywarn storm spotter class is a great way to learn about severe weather. The spotter training course introduces the spotter to the NWS warning system and shows the hazards associated with severe thunderstorms.  Spotters are shown what to look for when observing thunderstorms.  Examples of downburst winds, wall clouds, funnel clouds, and tornadoes are shown and explained.  Local severe weather climatology and basic severe weather meteorology are covered as well.  Spotters are also instructed on how to report their observations to the NWS. The class lasts two hours and features slides, videos, and a video quiz.  The class is free and open to the public.  Class materials are provided and registration is not needed. The National Weather Service recommends that all spotters attend the course at least once every two years.  Mississippi County needs more ham radio operators participating in the ‘Skywarn’ storm spotter program.

Members of theMississippi County Amateur Radio Association will be at this meeting to inform you about their storm spotting activities and how easy it is to become a ham radio operator.

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