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SKYWARN

SKYWARN is a national effort to save lives during severe weather emergencies with an expanding network of trained weather spotters. The services performed by SKYWARN spotters have saved many lives.

The National Weather Service has a number of devices for detecting severe thunderstorms. Included in these are 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 National Weather Service members in their warning decisions and enable the National Weather Service to fulfill its mission of protecting life and property.

Storm spotters are, and always will be, an indispensable part of the severe local warning program.

The National Weather Service office in Buffalo participates in the annual  ARRL - SKYWARN special event.  For details on the national event, QSL instructions and the rest of the statistics, check out the Special event homepage.


NWS Buffalo SKYWARNTraining Sessions


SKYWARN is a nationwide program of spotters that report severe weather to the National Weather Service. Anyone can become a SKYWARN spotter for the National Weather Service, all you have to do is attend one of our Spotter Training Sessions. There is no charge for the training.

SKYWARN training sessions are held throughout our area of responsibility based on demand...generally from late winter through spring. The basic training session provides a brief overview to the National Weather Service (the organization and our responsibilities), the equipment we use (including capabilities and limitations), and basic severe weather meteorology (including how thunderstorms, severe thunderstorms and tornadoes form). Training sessions last about two hours.

Attendees are instructed what types of severe weather the National Weather Service is interested in hearing about and are given an 800 telephone number for 24 hour access make reports directly to the NWS forecasters.

For more information, please contact:

Jon Hitchcock -- Jon.Hitchcock@noaa.gov -- SKYWARN Focal Point, WFO Buffalo
or
Judith Levan -- Judith.Levan@noaa.gov -- WFO Buffalo, Warning Coordination Meteorologist

 

SKYWARN training sessions for Severe Convective Weather (Thunderstorms, Tornadoes, Flash Floods, etc) are conducted from about March through May.
 

SKYWARN training sessions for Winter Weather are conducted from September through November. 

DATE TIME COUNTY LOCATION ORGANIZATION

 Friday

October 10, 2014

 8:00 PM Erie

Denny's

4610 Genesee St.

Buffalo,NY

Western NY DX Association

Contact: John Schunak

jwschunak_contractor@mtb.com

Thursday

 October 23,2014

7:00 PM Orleans

GCASA

249 East Ave

Albion, NY

Orleans County Health Dept.

Contact:  Wayne Litchfield

Wayne.Litchfield2@orleansny.com

Monday

 October 27,2014

7:30 PM Chautauqua

Jamestown

WCA Hospital

207 Foote Ave

CCAFMA

Contact: John Crossley

716-569-3257

Monday

November 17, 2014

6:30 PM Erie

Erie County Fire Training Academy

3359 Broadway

Cheektowaga, NY

Erie County Emergency Management

 

   

 

 

Wednesday

November 19, 2014

7:00 PM Wayne

Wayne County Emergency Management Office

7376 Route 31 Suite 2000

Lyons, NY

Drumlins Amateur Radio Club

Contact: Dave Taylor

kb2kby@rochester.rr.com

Monday

December 1, 2014

6:30 PM Jefferson

Adams Fire Station

2 N. Main Street

Adams, NY

Jefferson County Emergency Management

         
         
         
         
         

 

Other links

Western and Northern NY SKYWARN frequency map


An illustrated SKYWARN spotter guide
 

Other SKYWARN Sites:

NWS Binghamton SKYWARN Homepage

NWS Cleveland SKYWARN Homepage

NWS Albany SKYWARN Homepage

NWS Burlington SKYWARN Homepage

 

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