More than 50 attend Skywarn Training (Recap)

9 May

Josh, AC1N: More than 50 hams and CERT members attended the Granby Skywarn Training tonight. Some of the attendees had a professional/paid emergency response role (such as fire department personnel). Many were simply people interested in better understanding the weather reports, forecast process, and how they can help the weather service improve the life-saving service they provide.

It was a very diverse group including all ages, and both new weather spotters and renewals. Many of our members and friends including Skip (W1FTE), Mark (WA1VVB), Harv (K1PZS), Dick (AB1ABN), Bill (AB1LZ), Michael (AB1OD), Hank (K1EXN) and many other hams attended the class.

The class included information on how to report severe weather and how weather “works.” The visuals provided, including a real-time (not sped up) video of a complete road washing out from start to finish, and a 2-pound hailstone 8″ in diameter, were helpful and relevant. Most of the examples and incidents cited were relevant to our piece of New England – many of which audience members personally experienced. A video (the 2010 Skywarn Recap video from Boxboro hamfest) featuring recent achievements (and media coverage) of Skywarn in New England was presented.

If you haven’t taken the Skywarn class and are an ARES member – I would highly recommend it! Even if you are not interested in emergency communications, the class is useful in understanding weather phenomenon that affect all of us.

Also check out the Skywarn Connecticut site and regular Net on Thursday nights.

Per Roger, K1PAI (Tolland / Hartford County Skywarn EC): There are some upcoming Skywarn training sessions in Colchester and in Litchfield. However – if you are a Hartford / Tolland County spotter you will NOT be able to get a certificate at the conclusion of those classes. The Colchester class is given by the Upton, Long Island office of the Weather Service. The Litchfield class is given by the Albany office. Your paperwork would have to be sent from those offices to the Taunton office. This can significantly delay your certification.

If you missed the class….

If you missed the class and need to recert: You can recert online at http://www.erh.noaa.gov/box/officePrograms/SkyWarn.shtml

Please note that the online class is only for recertification – not for first time spotters!

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