SKYWARN class offered for area

As spring approaches, so does the concern for violent and destructive storms. Even with the newest radar systems, the National Weather Service still relies heavily on reports from trained spotters to know exactly what weather events are taking place. Their program for training citizens to accurately report weather events is called SKYWARN. Brady – McCulloch County Emergency Management will sponsor a free SKYWARN training class in Brady on Monday, Feb. 26. The seminar will begin at 5:30 p.m. at Burton Kyle McCord VFW Post 3234 home, 305 Memory Lane (off the San Angelo highway, along the entrance to Richards Park). The main presenter for this class will be Buddy McIntyre, warning coordination meteorologist with the National Weather Service in San Angelo. In approximately two hours, he will cover such topics as types of severe weather, what signs to look for, what to report and what not to report. The local Emergency Management serves as the focal point for severe weather reports originating from within its county and relays that information to local public safety agencies and the National Weather Service in San Angelo. It also relays warnings issued by the National Weather Service to the general public. All public safety personnel, utility crew members and amateur radio operators are strongly encouraged to attend, as they are regularly “in the field” to observe changing weather conditions. Anyone who is interested in learning more about severe weather phenomena and about local reporting procedures is also welcome to participate in the class. For more information call Rick Melcer during office hours at (915) 597-0561.

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