The National Weather Service will conduct a Skywarn spotter training seminar at 7 p.m. on April 11 at Wayne County Public Safety Building, 7376 state Route 31, Lyons.
Skywarn is a national effort to save lives during severe weather emergencies with an expanding network of trained volunteer weather spotters. Spotters support their local community and government by providing reports of severe weather directly to NWS in Buffalo by phone using the spotter hotline.
NWS has numerous devices for detecting severe thunderstorms, including 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 staff in their warning decisions and enable NWS to fulfill its mission of protecting life and property.
The free basic training session provides a brief overview of NWS and its 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 NWS. Call (716) 565-0204 or visit bit.ly/2GbRvPF for information.
Call (315) 946-5663 or email awahl@co.wayne.ny.us to register for the training session.