Tarleton to host National Weather Service's SKYWARN storm spotter class

Storm Spotter Class

Tarleton State University

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Thursday, February 28, 2013

STEPHENVILLE, Texas—Want to learn about severe storms, how you can report severe and hazardous weather to the Fort Worth National Weather Service Office, or want to become a storm spotter?

Tarleton State University, in cooperation with the National Weather Service (NWS), is inviting area residents to take part in a basic SKYWARN Spotter Training Class on Thursday, March 28, from 6:30-8:30 p.m.

The free class will be held in Tarleton’s Science Building, Room 102. Training will be presented by meteorologists with the Fort Worth NWS Office and no pre-registration is required.

SKYWARN consists of trained weather spotters who report severe or hazardous weather. It is widely regarded as one of the most critical assets to the NWS’ warning, forecasting and verification process. Since the program started in the 1970s, 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.

The course aims to familiarize residents with numerous public safety and communications practices that can be utilized during extreme weather events. The class also covers the basics of thunderstorm development, fundamentals of storm structure, identifying potential severe weather features, information to report and how to report it, as well as basic severe weather safety.

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.

For more information, please visit the Fort Worth NWS Office homepage: http://www.srh.noaa.gov/fwd/.

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Tarleton State University
A member of The Texas A&M University System

Contact: Kurt Mogonye
254-968-9460
mogonye@tarleton.edu

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