April 22, 2018

Be a Weather Spotter With SKYWARN

Weather Spotter for SKYWARN

Residents of St. Mary’s County can help their neighbors and the National Weather Service by getting training in a SKYWARN class, which helps NOAA obtain critical weather information all over the country. Be a weather spotter. St. Mary’s County Department of Emergency Services is hosting a SKYWARN – Basics Training class from 6 to 9 pm Wednesday, April 11, 2018, at the Chesapeake Building at 41770 Baldridge St. in Leonardtown, Maryland.

Have an interest in weather? Would you like to be able to help the local National Weather Service office by providing the ground truth on the atmosphere that we observe from radar, satellites, and various reporting stations? Then consider attending the SKYWARN program basic course.

By attending the course, participants will be trained by NWS personnel to recognize features associated with developing, mature and dissipating thunderstorms which cause hazardous weather such as lightning, flooding, hail, tornadoes, and downbursts. Attendees will also learn basics about winter weather and tropical hazards.

At the end of the course, you will be assigned a SKYWARN spotter number which will be maintained in the official database at the NWS in Sterling, Virginia. You will also be directed how to report this vital weather information.

Interested individuals are required to pre-register for all classes. This is necessary to control class size and provide the proper amount of handouts. Classes have limited space. If you register for a class and cannot make it, please notify us so we can open your spot up to someone else. Upcoming classes will be announced on a future date. All training classes and SKYWARN membership are free.

To register for the SKYWARN Basics training click here. http://www.weather.gov/lwx/skywarn

For more information, please call 301-475-4200 Ext. *2124 or email ema@stmarysmd.com.

To learn more about Lexington Park, visit the St. Mary’s County Community Development Corporation’s Leader member page.

St. Mary’s County Community Development Corporation

46940 South Shangri-La Drive, Suite 7

Lexington Park, MD 20653

301-863-7700

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