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Skywarn spotter training to be Feb. 11

Posted on Thursday, January 30, 2020 at 12:24 pm

Skywarn spotter training will be held at the Moore County Fire Department on Tuesday, Feb. 11.

There will be two sessions, at 1 p.m. and 6 p.m. Personnel from the National Weather Service office in Huntsville will conduct the training, which comprises one of the steps needed to become a Skywarn Spotter.

The National Weather Service encourages anyone with an interest in public service and access to communication, such as amateur radio, to participate as a Skywarn storm spotter. 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.

Skywarn is a volunteer program with nearly 290,000 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 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, and has enabled NWS to issue more timely and accurate warnings for tornadoes, severe thunderstorms and flash floods.

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