REPORTS FROM THE
Despite great advances in computer technology, sometimes nothing
quite compares to a first-hand report. We know where its raining, and have computer guidance on when or where it should flood, but we cannot tell if flooding
has already starting. Likewise, we know if its windy, but cannot tell if the winds have toppled
trees, caused power outages, or damaged structures. However, since we're tasked with protecting
life and property, we need to know this type of information. Thus, we have a network of volunteers
called SKYWARN® spotters. Class participants take a 3 hour long introductory course offered by
us during which they are instructed on how to spot severe weather, and when to report appropriate
items- typically thunderstorm damage during the spring and summer months and snowfall accumulations
during the winter. If interested in more details on the SKYWARN® program, visit our SKYWARN®
page by clicking here.
Obviously, all of our
SKYWARN® observers are weather enthusiasts. A good percentage of them are also amateur radio
operators. During large or major weather events, a ham radio operator comes to the office to work
the console pictured above, which is located at the edge of the operations floor. Thus, we gain
additional information on the weather's impact in real time, helping us make warning decisions.