Skywarn 2013

The Quad-County Amateur Radio Club is pleased to sponsor a Skywarn training session, conducted by the National Weather Service office in Moon Township, PA. The date is 6:00 pm on Thursday, April 4th, 2013 at the Reynoldsville Fire Hall, 411 Jackson Street, Reynoldville, PA 15851.

This official Skywarn Observer training is now required for all applicants for the ARRL EC-016 course for ARES and Emergency Communications leaders.

This is the only Skywarn training in Jefferson County scheduled so far this year. The Reynoldsville location is conveniently located near the center of the county, just 12 miles from Brookville, 13 miles from Punxsutawney, 12 miles from Brockway and 11 miles from DuBois (although Clearfield County residents should attend a session conducted by the State College NWS.)

Those taking this course will learn how to identify and report severe weather to the National Weather Service as a Skywarn Weather Spotter.

National Weather Service Pittsburgh

Become a SKYWARN spotter!

What is the SKYWARN program?

  • National Weather Service program of trained volunteer severe weather spotters
  • These spotters provide real-time severe weather reports to the NWS
    • Reports may include hail size, wind damage, rainfall amounts, snowfall totals, etc.
  • The reports that the NWS receive from spotters can be instrumental in issuing watches, warnings, and advisories
  • Spotters fill in the gaps in weather data between official reporting stations
  • The goal of the SKYWARN program is to help the NWS achieve its primary goal of saving lives and properties



How do I join the SKYWARN program?

  • The Pittsburgh office gives presentations every spring in preparation for summertime severe weather
  • The NWS, with the support of your local emergency manager, will be giving a talk in your area
  • Basic presentations last approximately 2 hours, with advanced presentations lasting approximately 1.5 hours




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