Published Saturday, February 16, 2013

Volunteer storm spotter class March 12

From Staff Reports

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Those who want to volunteer as storm spotters in Coweta County may attend a class on March 12.

Coweta County Emergency Management and the National Weather Service will present the SKYWARN Storm Spotter class.

It will meet at 7 p.m. at the Coweta County Fairgrounds, 275 Pine Rd. Registration will begin at 6:30 p.m. The class will be taught by a National Weather Service meteorologist and is open to volunteers with an interest in public service, a responsibility for protecting others or access to communications systems like HAM radio.

To register, contact Coweta County Emergency Management Director Jay Jones at jjones@coweta.ga.us or 770-254-2650.

The effects of severe weather are felt every year by many Americans. To obtain critical weather information, NOAA’s National Weather Service established SKYWARN with partner organizations. It 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, has enabled the weather service to issue more timely and accurate warnings for tornadoes, severe thunderstorms and flash floods.

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