Weather Service offering SKYWARN training

JOHNSTOWN — The National Weather Service will be holding SKYWARN traning sessions in both Fulton and Montgomery counties for people who are interested in becoming severe weather spotters.

The NWS and National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, or NOAA, will be holding the sessions at the Fulton County Office Complex Emergency Operations Center at 2712 Route 29 from

7 to 9 p.m. on May 17; and at the Montgomery County Emergency Operations office at the Public Safety Facility at 200 Clark Drive in Fultonville from 7 to

9 p.m. on May 18.

The two-hour free training courses will cover topics such as: the basics of thunderstorm development; the fundamentals of storm structure; identifying potential servere weather features and how to report information.

According to NOAA, people with an interest in public service and access to communication, such HAM radio, are encouraged to join the SKYWARN program.

“Volunteers include police and fire personnel, dispatchers, EMS workers, public utility workers and other concerned private citizens,” NOAA notes. “Individuals affiliated with hospitals, schools, churches, nursing homes or who have a responsibility for protecting others are also encouraged to become a spotter.”

Spotters are trained to report weather such as severe thunderstorms, tornadoes, hail, heavy snow and flooding. Skyspotters help forecasters correlate what is seen on a radar with what is occuring on the ground. These reports can help warn other communities of weather that is coming their way and can improve warnings.

To register for the courses go to: http://cstar.cestm.albany.edu/skywarn/skywarn–entry.htm

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