On March 8th at 6:00 pm, the Guernsey County Emergency Management Agency will be hosting the National Weather Service (NWS) as they present the SKYWARN® Spotter Training at the County Emergency Operations Center in the Guernsey County Administration Building, 627 Wheeling Ave., Cambridge, OH. This training is free and open to the public.
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. 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. The ground truth reports from trained SKYWARN® spotters are a vital link in using advanced radar data and meteorological skills to carry out the mission of the NWS. The observations of spotters provide the NWS with information in compiling documentation of severe weather events and verification of warnings. These reports become part of the United States Storm Data publication, which is used by researchers and also provides climatological data on a wide variety of unusual weather phenomena, including statistics on death, injuries, and property and crop damage.
During the training, you will 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
We hope that you will want to come and join us for this excellent training opportunity.