Presenter: John Quinlan, National Oceanographic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA)
Program: Winter Skywarn™ Training
Abstract: Skywarn™ is a nationwide network of volunteer weather spotters who report to and are trained by the National Weather Service (NWS). These spotters report many forms of significant or severe weather such as severe thunderstorms, tornadoes, hail, heavy snow, and flooding. This program qualifies attendees to be Skywarn™ weather spotters.
The staff at NWS Forecast Office Albany are responsible for issuing local forecasts and severe weather warnings for much of eastern New York, Southern Vermont, the Berkshires of Western Massachusetts and Litchfield County Connecticut. Skywarn™ Spotters provide an invaluable service by providing ground truth so we can correlate what is seen on radar to what is actually occurring, help warn downstream communities, add value to our statements and warnings, and to verify forecasts and warnings. Spotters act as our eyes and ears helping us provide better services .
Training is free! Please register for the training session.