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SKYWARN Training Session in Albion, NY on 4/27/2011

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The Buffalo office of the National Weather Service will be conducting a SKYWARN spotter

training seminar in Albion, at the Orleans County Health Department – 14012 Route 31 West, on Wednesday April 27 at 7:00PM. The training session is sponsored by the Orleans County Health Department and will last about two hours. There is no cost for the training.

SKYWARN is a national effort to save lives during severe weather emergencies with an

expanding network of trained volunteer weather spotters. SKYWARN spotters support their local community and government by providing reports of severe weather directly to the National Weather Service in Buffalo through amateur radio or by phone using the the NWS spotter hotline. The services performed by SKYWARN spotters have saved many lives.

The National Weather Service has a number of devices for detecting severe thunderstorms. Included in these are Doppler radar, satellite, and lightning detection networks. However, the most important tool for observing thunderstorms is the trained eye of the storm spotter. By providing observations, SKYWARN spotters assist National Weather Service staff in their warning decisions and enable the National Weather Service to fulfill its mission of protecting life and property. Storm spotters are, and always will be, an indispensable part of the severe local storm warning program.

The basic training session provides a brief overview of the National Weather Service

organization and our responsibilities, severe weather safety, and basic severe weather

meteorology including how thunderstorms, severe thunderstorms and tornadoes form.

Anyone can become a severe weather spotter for the National Weather Service. SKYWARN training is free and open to the public.

For further information, you can call the National Weather Service at (716) 565-0204 ext. 223 or the Orleans County Health Department at (585) 589-3251.

More information about SKYWARN is available on the NWS Buffalo website at


On the Web:

NOAA: http://www.noaa.gov

NOAA’s National Weather Service: http://www.weather.gov

NOAA’s National Weather Service in Buffalo: http://www.weather.gov/buf

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