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SKYWARN Training

Date and Time of Event

Monday 03.04.2013 6:30pm - 9:00pm

Location

Houston Emergency Center
5320 N Shepherd Dr
Houston, TX 77091

What is SKYWARN?

The effects of severe weather are felt every year by many Americans. To obtain critical weather information, NOAA's National Weather Service (NWS), part of the U.S. Department of Commerce, established SKYWARN® with partner organizations. 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 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.

Since the program started in the 1970s, the information provided by SKYWARN® spotters, coupled with Doppler radar technology, improved satellite and other data, has enabled NWS to issue more timely and accurate warnings for tornadoes, severe thunderstorms and flash floods. 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.

What is Covered in the Training?

  • Basics of thunderstorm development
  • Fundamentals of storm structure
  • Identifying possible severe weather features
  • Information to report
  • How to report information
  • Basic severe weather safety

How Much Does the Training Cost?

There is no charge for the training. However, preregistration is required and will be on a first come first serve basis. Please use the form at the end of this document to request a seat in the class. You will be contacted with a registration confirmation or notice that you were added to the class waitlist.

Contact Information

For further information contact: Marni Rosen at: Marni.Rosen@houstontx.gov


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