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  • Yes, but occasionally on other days and times (67%, 2 Votes)
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  • No (0%, 0 Votes)
  • Yes, with more months (0%, 0 Votes)
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NWS State College – Online Advanced SkyWarn Spotter Training Sessions

The National Weather Service, State College Office, has an Advanced Skywarn Spotter online training scheduled for February 23, 2022, 6:30 PM – 8:30 PM.

Registration prior to the class is required. For detailed information on the class and registration check out the web-site : https://www.weather.gov/ctp//SpotterTalks 

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Wind Chill Watch & Warning, Understand The Difference!

   As with all WATCHES and WARNINGS it is helpful to understand

the meaning behind the issue! Be sure to check the NWS Winter Safety web-site,

https://www.weather.gov/wrn/winter_safety .

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NWS SNOW SQUALL AWARENESS WEEK

With the arrival of Winter weather, at times we have to contend with snow squalls while driving. The best action is to stay off the roads, if at all possible.

Snow Squall Awareness Week has come to be with the First-of-its-kind collaboration between NWS CTP, PA Turnpike, PennDOT, PEMA, and PA State Police. The information available includes a variety of digital content educating the public about the science, communication, and safety of snow squalls.

Please avail yourself of this information that may bring to your attention some of the issues relating to this hazardous winter weather condition. at:  https://www.weather.gov/ctp/snowsquall 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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NWS Virtual SkyWarn Spotter Training

The National Weather Service, State College will be offering Basic SkyWarn Spotter training  in November.
Monday November 8, Thursday November 18 and Monday November  29  6:30 PM – 8:30 PM. Registration is required prior to the dates for the class.  Information about the virtual presentation and to register, check out the web-site:  https://www.weather.gov/ctp/SpotterTalks

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“Significant Rainfall and Flooding” (9/1/2021) – HEED THE NOAA/N.W.S. WARNINGS!

It looks like our general area will be impacted by the remnants of hurricane Ida. It is often easy to discount the weather forecasts but just what if the forecasts are accurate or even worse weather ends up occurring! The saying “Turn around don’t drown.” is not just cliche, it really means what it says.  There is seldom any good reason to place yourself and/or family in harms way.  Additionally there is no reason to ad to the workload of first-responders by instigating a rescue, needlessly placing them in harms way, by negligence in disregarding warnings. Take a little time to review the graphics issued by NOAA, they carry a very valid message! Also be sure your cellphone is setup to receive severe weather advisories. This function receives advisories for the location wherever you are as long as the GPS location is active.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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National Emergency Alert – TEST

The Federal Emergency Management Agency along with the Federal Communications Commission will transmit test messages August 11, 2021 Between 14:20 – 14:50 EDT. The test messages will be sent via television and radio stations, as well as  cellular systems. You will only receive the test message via cellular if the phone is set to receive this form of message.

For the latest information and several other links, check the web-site:  https://www.fema.gov/event/ipaws-national-test

 

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Tornado Action Information

Severe weather is a priority topic in weather reports. Our general area does not typically experience the full impact of a hurricane but we do experience the direct effects of tornadoes. Please take a look at the graphics and the important messages that are illustrated.

Check the links associated with the graphics for more in depth information (click on the graphic).

 

 

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QCARC American Radio Relay League – Certified Volunteer Exam Session

An American Radio Relay League certified Volunteer Exam session will be held August 16 at 6:00 PM, at the Penn State Du Bois Campus in the Smeal Building, for those wishing to take any class of amateur radio license exam. The exam sessions will be immediately prior to the monthly meeting.

An ARRL VE exam is scheduled to be held on even months, 6:00 PM, at the Smeal Building, Penn State Du Bois.

The ARRL VEC Exam Fee for 2022 is $15.00.
That one fee pays for one attempt at each of
the three exam elements a candidate is qualified.
If a candidate fails an element at an exam session
and wants to re-test for the same
element, an
additional  fee will be required.

Checks should be made out to ARRL VEC.  Exact currency amount is  requested.

Please – read the information below in reference to the required FRN needed to take exams.

Applicants must use an FCC Registration Number (FRN) for all license transactions with the FCC. Examinees must register in CORES and receive an FRN before exam day. Starting on May 20, electronic batch filed applications that do not include a candidate’s FRN will be rejected. The Social Security/Licensee ID Field will be disabled.

An instructional video provides step-by-step instructions on how to establish a CORES account, which is necessary for licensees to make administrative updates and download electronic license authorizations.

Effective June 29, 2022, all filers must provide an email address on all applications. When an email is provided, applicants will receive an official electronic copy of their licenses once granted (allow incoming email from authorizations@fcc.gov). If no email is provided when filing on or after June 29, 2022, applications will be rejected. ARRL VEC suggests that those without access to email to use the email address of a family member or friend.

Licensees need to log in to the Universal Licensing System (ULS) to download their authorizations. The FCC no longer issues paper copies.

— Information provided by FCC via the A.R.R.L Volunteer Exam Coordinator

 

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Severe Weather Awareness Week April 19 – 23 2021

During Severe Weather Awareness Week, April 19 – 23, information to help with awareness and preparedness will be presented by the State College NWS office with different weather hazards highlighted daily.

For expanded information and details be sure to check : https://www.weather.gov/ctp/SevereWeatherAwarenessWeek

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National Weather Service – State College / Weather Ready Nation Virtual Lecture

The National Weather Service, Sate College will be offering a virtual lecture, in connection with Flood Awareness Week on Flood Safety.

The same lecture will be held on 2 separate days, registration is required (click on the links below):

Monday, March 22, at 7PM: https://attendee.gotowebinar.com/register /6920019834983037710

Wednesday, March 24, at 11AM: https://attendee.gotowebinar.com/register/7633099305084184078

 

 

 

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October SkyWarn Spotter Online Training from NWS State College

The National Weather Service, State College has posted the Basic SkyWarn Spotter training schedule for October. All of the training sessions will be online.  

For the schedule, registration details  and other pertinent information go to:  https://www.weather.gov/ctp/SpotterTalks 

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Extreme Heat Cautions

The heat we’ve had needs to be taken seriously regardless of a person’s age. Experiencing the heat while outdoors can be debilitating and it poses a serous health concern. Just keeping hydrated is not necessarily the best preventative for heat related issues.

Additionally remember that there are serious ramifications that result from the heat that builds in our vehicles. Remember to take children with you regardless of how quick you think you’ll be back. Also remember to lock the vehicle to prevent children entering the vehicle and unable to exit.

Our pets are effected just as adversely with high temperatures when left in a vehicle. Leaving a window open part-way is not the answer, your pet needs to go with you.

 

 

 

 

 

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