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Gulf of Alaska Storm; High Winds and Fire Weather in California

A strong storm in the Gulf of Alaska will bring high winds to the south-central coast and panhandle through Monday. Heavy snow is also expected over southeastern mainland Alaska through Monday night. Gusty to high winds could bring down trees and power lines, and bring elevated to critical fire weather conditions across much of central and southwest California Monday and Tuesday. Read More >

Storm Spotter Training 2021

Spotter training will take place virtually this spring season. 

Sessions are being coordinated, and will be posted when scheduled.  

 

Throughout eastern Oklahoma and northwestern Arkansas, trained and dedicated individuals monitor the skies around their communities during severe weather events. These storm spotters provide first-hand severe weather reports to their local officials, and to the National Weather Service in Tulsa, which are used to make critical warning decisions.
 
Being a storm spotter not only means dedication but also training. Each winter and spring the Tulsa office of the National Weather Service trains members of police & fire departments, emergency management officials, and amateur radio operators on spotting techniques. Typically, the training is coordinated by a local group (such as an emergency management agency) and a NWS meteorologist serves as the guest instructor. The goal of the training is not just to recognize tornadoes, but to have some understanding of storm structure, which in turn better prepares the spotter for the extreme and unusual circumstances. Other topics covered include an update on the latest NWS technology and procedures, ideas for organizing/coordinating spotter groups, and important safety considerations.
 
The training is free and requires no preregistration. The meetings listed below are open to the public.
 
For additional information contact:

Ed Calianese
Warning Coordination Meteorologist

10159 East 11th Street, Suite 300
Tulsa, OK  74128
918-838-7838
e-mail: ed.calianese@noaa.gov

 

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