Basic Sky Warn Training at Club Meeting Thursday, February 8th 2018

Jake Wimberley from the National Weather Service in Greer,SC is going to be putting on a Basic Spotter Class at the Gamewell
Fire Dept on February 8th. This class is FREE. Just bring a pin and paper for your notes..No test.. Vending machines are on site.26 spots have been set aside for you..The first 26 guests are guaranteed a seat.. Please RSVP. If you can’t make after you RSVP.
Please let page administrator know so we can add those that are in wait..Hope to see you there..

SKYWARN® is a National Weather Service (NWS) program developed in the 1960s that consists of trained weather spotters who provide
reports of severe and hazardous weather to help meteorologists make life-saving warning decisions. Spotters are concerned citizens, amateur radio operators, truck drivers, mariners, airplane pilots, emergency management personnel, and public safety officials
who volunteer their time and energy to report on hazardous weather impacting their community.Although, NWS has access to data from Doppler radar, satellite, and surface weather stations, technology cannot detect every instance of hazardous weather. Spotters
help fill in the gaps by reporting hail, wind damage, flooding, heavy snow, tornadoes and waterspouts. Radar is an excellent tool, but it is just that: one tool among many that NWS uses. We need spotters to report how storms and other hydrometeorological phenomena
are impacting their area.

spotter reports provide vital “ground truth” to the NWS. They act as our eyes and ears in the field. Spotter reports help our meteorologists issue timely, accurate, and detailed warnings by confirming hazardous weather detected by NWS radar. Spotters also
provide critical verification information that helps improve future warning services. SKYWARN® Spotters serve their local communities by acting as a vital source of information when dangerous storms approach. Without spotters, NWS would be less able to fulfill
its mission of protecting life and property.



Thank you,

John M.Crowe (AG4ZL

President of the Lenoir Amatuer Radio Club (LARC)
Asst: Emergency Coordinator(CARES)
Caldwell County A.R.E.S 
Charlotte Regional Skywarn (NCO)
Net Control S.A.T.E.R.N 20 meters