Sunday, February 20, 2011

DAY 1 - Important Role of Storm Spotters

Welcome to Day 1 of Severe Weather Awareness Week

This year, SWAW 2011 runs from Sunday, February 20th through Friday, September 25, 2011.

Today, we will focus on the 'Important Role of Storm Spotters'.

SKYWARN is the National Weather Service program that trains storm spotters. They are 'eyes, ears, and ground truth' of what is happening in a given area. Storm Spotters are a volunteer group of local folks who enjoy weather. You need some special training and the training is conducted by the local National Weather Service office. The class will help you identify potentially dangerous weather. While radar can tell us what is going on above ground, only trained storm spotters can give the actual situation on the ground. Are you ready to do this? We can use your help. See below for more!

The great thing is that ANYONE can be a storm spotter and you can get trained this coming Saturday, February 26, 2011 in Cookeville! 10 am at the Emergency Services Building on County Services Drive just off Willow Avenue across from the Country Giant radio studio.

Click here for a PDF brochure of SWAW 2011

Tomorrow, we deal with and look at the Hazards of Flooding and Flash Flooding.

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