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'Weather Spotter' training classes prepare citizens to report severe storms
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'Weather Spotter' training classes prepare citizens to report severe storms

Treasure Island, FL - In conjunction with the City of Treasure Island Emergency Management, the National Weather Service is offering Weather Spotter training classes on July 21, 2011 at the Treasure Island City Hall Auditorium, 120 108th Avenue.

Basic training is from 7 - 8 p.m., and Advanced training is from 8 - 9 p.m.

The City of Treasure Island Emergency Management will host two free severe weather seminars for those who wish to participate in the National Weather Service (NWS) SKYWARN program.

SKYWARN severe weather spotters are an integral part of the NWS severe weather warning program because they are the eyes and ears of the NWS.

Emergency response officials, amateur radio operators, and the general public are all encouraged to attend.

A person must be at least 18 years of age to be an official spotter for the NWS and to receive a certificate of training.

However, families are encouraged to attend to learn how to protect themselves during tjmes of severe weather.

The Basic training will focus on severe weather in our area, weather safety, thunderstorm formation, and severe weather cloud identification and reporting.

The Advanced training will feature a discussion on sea breeze fronts, lightning patterns, visualizing instability, and hurricanes.

The National Weather Service will issue a warning for only one or both of the following reasons; Doppler radar detects severe weather or SKYWARN spotters report severe weather.

SKYWARN History: Americans live in the most severe weather prone country on Earth.

Each year, Americans cope with an average of 10,000 thunderstorms, 2,500 floods, 1,000 tornadoes, as well as an average of 2 deadly hurricanes.

Some 90% of all presidentially declared disasters are weather related, leading to around 500 deaths per year and nearly $14 billion in damage.

What can you do to help protect yourself, your family, and neighbors? Consider becoming a trained SKYWARN Spotter.

A trained spotter knows the weather threats in Florida, safety rules, and visual clues regarding thunderstorm strength.

You can attend the training even if you do not want to be an official spotter.

SKYWARN is a program sponsored by your National Weather Service (NWS) consisting of trained weather spotters who provide reports of severe and hazardous weather to help in the warning process.

SKYWARN spotter reports provide vital "ground truth" to the NWS.

The reports serve the NWS mission of protecting life and property in 3 ways: assist in present and future warning decisions, confirm hazardous weather detected by NWS radar, and provide verification information which can be used for future research efforts.

SKYWARN is a volunteer public service for those 18 years or older.

Each year our Spotters donate their time and/or equipment to help the NWS issue severe weather warnings.

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