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Sunday Brings Heat Relief For Some; Flash Flood Threat Along Cold Front

A cold front shifting across the Central Plains, Midwest, Great Lakes and Northeast on Sunday will bring some relief from the heat with cooler and drier air. Excessive heat holds Sunday roughly south of I-70. Heavy rain from thunderstorms along the front may bring flash flooding. Read More >

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

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

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:


Mike Fries -- michael.j.fries@noaa.gov -- WFO Buffalo, Warning Coordination Meteorologist

Jon Hitchcock -- jon.hitchcock@noaa.gov -- WFO Buffalo, SKYWARN Program Coordinator


 

Spring 2019 Training Schedule (Summer SKYWARN)
 
 

 

DATE TIME COUNTY LOCATION ORGANIZATION

Wednesday

3/6/2019

7:00 PM Monroe

SUNY Brockport

Lennon Hall

Lecture Room 140

SUNY Brockport Emergency Management

Wednesday

3/13/2019

7:00 PM Erie

 

Concord Town Hall

86 Franklin St
Springville, NY 14141

 

Springville Kiwanis Club

Monday

3/18/2019

7:00 PM Orleans

Orleans County Emergency Management Office

14064 West County House Rd

Albion, NY 14411

Orleans County Office of Emergency Management

Wednesday

3/20/2019

7:30 PM Erie

City of Tonawanda Offices

200 Niagara St

Tonawanda, NY 14150

ARATS Amateur Radio Club

Monday

3/25/2019

7:30 PM Chautauqua

UPMC Chautauqua Hospital

207 Foote Ave

Jamestown, NY 14701

CCAFMA Amateur Radio Club

Friday

4/12/2019

4:30 PM Oswego

SUNY Oswego

Shineman Hall Room 175

Oswego, NY 13126

SUNY Oswego Meteorology Club

Wednesday

4/17/2019

7:00 PM Wyoming

Wyoming County Fire Training Center

3651 Wethersfield Rd

Warsaw, NY 14569

Wyoming County Office of Emergency Services

Tuesday

4/30/2019

7:00 PM Wayne

Wayne County Emergency Management Office (2nd Floor)

7376 Route 31

Lyons, NY 14489

Wayne County Emergency Management Office

Thursday

5/2/2019

7:00 PM ONLINE

ONLINE

Registration Required

 

National Weather Service Buffalo, NY

REGISTER HERE

Monday

5/6/2019

7:00 PM Livingston

Livingston County Training Center

3360 Gypsy Ln

Mount Morris, NY 14510

Livingston County Office of Emergency Management

Tuesday

5/7/2019

7:00 PM Erie

Erie County Fire Training Center

3359 Broadway Ave

Cheektowaga, NY 14227

Erie County Office of Emergency Services

Monday

6/24/2019

7:00 PM Jefferson

Adams Fire Station

6 North Main St

Adams, NY 13601

Jefferson County Office of 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