The National Weather Service in Buffalo will conduct a free Skywarn spotter training seminar at 7 p.m. on April 30 in the Emergency Operations Center at the Wayne County Public Safety Building, 7376 state Route 31, Lyons.
Skywarn is a national effort to save lives during severe weather emergencies with a network of trained volunteer weather spotters. Spotters provide severe weather reports directly to the NWS in Buffalo by phone using the spotter hotline.
The 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, spotters assist NWS staff in their warning decisions.
The basic training session will provide a brief overview of the NWS and its responsibilities, severe weather safety, and basic severe weather meteorology, including how thunderstorms, severe thunderstorms and tornadoes form.
Registration is required by emailing awahl@co.wayne.ny.us or calling (315) 946-5663. Visit bit.ly/2CWlJ6i for information.