TAVARES – The Lake County Public Safety Department, Emergency Management Division, in cooperation with the National Weather Service (NWS) in Melbourne, is inviting residents to take part in a Basic SKYWARN Spotter Training Class on Tuesday, Dec. 17 from 9:30 to 11:30 a.m. The class will be held on the second floor of the Lake County Emergency Communications and Operations Center, 425 W. Alfred St. in Tavares.
The free training course, led by Scott Spratt, Warning Coordination Meteorologist from the NWS, is recommended for all public service personnel, amateur radio operators and members of the general public who have an interest in reporting weather events.
Participants will learn about the processes associated with providing real-time reports on tornadoes, hail, winds, flooding and hurricane damage.
No prior weather knowledge is required for this course. Those interested in participating are required to pre-register, as space is limited. To register, call 321-255-0212, ext. 223, or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
SKYWARN is a concept developed in the late 1960s, and was intended to promote a cooperative effort between the NWS and local communities. The program focuses on the storm spotter, an individual who takes a position near their community and reports wind gusts, hail size, rainfall, and cloud formations that could signal a developing tornado. It is widely regarded as one of the most critical assets to the National Weather Service’s warning, forecasting and verification process.
For more information about the SKYWARN, visit www.skywarn.org/about.htm.