TAVARES — The National Weather Service (NWS) is offering a training course for aspiring storm spotters as part of the SKYWARN program Tuesday, Oct. 20 from 6 – 8 p.m. at the Lake County Emergency Communications and Operations Center, 425 W. Alfred St., Tavares. Scott Spratt, the Warning Coordination Meteorologist from the NWS’s Melbourne office, will be administering the class, which is free and open to the public.
SKYWARN training is geared toward anyone with an interest in public safety and communications during extreme weather events. The program is developed and taught by NWS meteorologists and teaches spotters how to report severe and hazardous weather to help in the weather warning process.
“SKYWARN spotters provide vital local information to the National Weather Service,” said Tommy Carpenter, Lake County’s Emergency Management Division manager. “Local storm spotters are often our first line of defense, reporting wind gusts, hail, rain and cloud formations that may be signs of impending severe weather.”
Anyone with an interest in public service is encouraged to sign up for the program. Volunteers may include police, fire and EMS personnel; dispatchers; public utility workers; officials employed by government, hospitals, schools, churches and nursing homes; HAM radio operators and any other concerned citizen.
Trainees will learn the basics of thunderstorm development, the fundamentals of storm structure, how to identify potential severe weather features, what information to report and how, as well as severe weather safety.
Those interested in attending the training course must pre-register with Scott Spratt by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org.
SKYWARN boasts nearly 290,000 trained severe weather spotters who help keep communities safe by providing timely and accurate severe weather reports to the NWS. For details regarding SKYWARN, visit http://skywarn.org/about/.
For additional information about The Lake County Emergency Management Division, call 352-343-9420 or visit to www.lakecountyfl.gov/emergency. For up-to-date information during an emergency, follow Emergency Management at www.facebook.com/LakeCountyFLEmergencyManagement and www.twitter.com/lakeemergency.