SKYWARN® - Basics Spotter Class Offered
Westminster, MD
10/17/2018 10:58 AM

 A SKYWARN® - Basics Spotter Class is being offered free of charge through a combined effort of the Baltimore/Washington National Weather Service (NWS) Forecast Office and Carroll County Emergency Management.

The class will be taught by a NWS meteorologist, and is designed to educate the public on weather threats in this area, as well as strengthen the ties between the NWS and the local community. The more spotters the NWS has, the faster vital ground truth information gets to the NWS forecasters who make the decisions to issue lifesaving weather warnings.

The Basics Spotter Class is a general overview of severe weather for the general public. Upon completion of the course, attendees will be registered in the SKYWARN® Spotter program and will receive a spotter code from the NWS within six weeks.

Training in the Basics Spotter Class includes:

=         The Basic Organization of the National Weather Service

=         The Role and Importance of the SKYWARN® Spotter

=         Reporting of Hazardous Weather

=         NWS Products and the Watch/Warning/Advisory system

=         Thunderstorm, Flooding, Tropical and Winter Weather Threats

=         The Role of Amateur Short-wave (HAM) Radio in the Spotter Program

The SKYWARN® Basics Spotter Class is scheduled for Thursday, November 1, from 7:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m. at the Carroll County Public Training Center, 50 Kate Wagner Road, Westminster MD 21157.

Pre-registration is required for the class.  To register, go to

Kendra Lindenberg
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