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Skywarn Spotter Training – Miami Dade
April 29, 2017 @ 9:30 am - 2:00 pmFree
What is a Storm Spotter?
The SkywarnTM spotter program is a nationwide network of volunteers trained by the National Weather Service (NWS) to report significant weather. Anyone is welcome to participate, although we encourage that members be 18 years of age or older.
The NWS’s mission is to protect lives and property. When weather conditions are favorable for severe thunderstorms or tornadoes are expected to develop, a severe thunderstorm or tornado WATCH is issued. A Severe Thunderstorm or Tornado WARNING is issued when severe weather has been reported by a SkywarnTM spotter or indicated by Doppler radar. SkywarnTM volunteers become the NWS’s and local Emergency Management’s eyes and ears, helping to provide better weather watch and warning services.
Who will activate SkywarnTM?
The NWS and/or the local emergency management authorities may activate the SkywarnTM net whenever there is a threat of severe weather or the NWS issues a severe thunderstorm or tornado watch. In this case information may be relayed through amateur radio repeaters. Localized events should be phoned directory to the NWS and local emergency management.
Where will SkywarnTM Observations be taken?
SkywarnTM reports are relayed from on the road, while at work, or at your home. It is important not to jeopardize your own safety while participating in SkywarnTM.