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March 11, 2015

National Weather Service Holds Skywarn Training Session March 18 in Fulton

FULTON - The Buffalo office of the National Weather Service will conduct a SKYWARN spotter training seminar at the Oswego County Emergency Management Office, 200N. Second St., Fulton, at 7 p.m. Wednesday, March 18. The training session is sponsored by theOswego County Emergency Management Officeand will last about two hours. The session is open to the public. There is no cost for the training.

"SKYWARN is a national effort to save lives during severe weather emergencies with an expanding network of trained volunteer weather spotters," said Dale A. Currier, CEM, Emergency Management Director."SKYWARN spotters support their community and local government by providing reports of severe weather directly to the National Weather Service in Buffalo through amateur radio or by phone using the NWS spotter hotline. The services performed by SKYWARN spotters have saved many lives."

The National Weather Service has a number of devices for detecting severe thunderstorms. Included in these are Doppler radar, satellite, and lightning detection networks. However, the most important tool for observing thunderstorms is the trained eye of the storm spotter. By providing observations, SKYWARN spotters assist National Weather Service staff in their warning decisions and enable the National Weather Service to fulfill its mission of protecting life and property.

"Storm spotters are, and always will be, an indispensable part of the severe local storm warning program," said Currier.

The basic training session provides a brief overview of the National Weather Service organization and responsibilities, severe weather safety, and basic severe weather meteorology including how thunderstorms, severe thunderstorms and tornadoes form.

Anyone can become a severe weather spotter for the National Weather Service. SKYWARN training is free and open to the public.

For further information, call the National Weather Service at (716) 565-0204 ext. 223 or Oswego County Emergency Management Office at (315) 591-9150. More information about SKYWARN is available on the NWS Buffalo website at www.erh.noaa.gov.

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