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National Weather Service to offer SKYWARN® training at Blinn-Bryan Campus

SKYWARN® volunteers keep their communities safe by reporting severe weather to the National Weather Service

February 20, 2017

The National Weather Service will offer training for volunteer severe weather spotters during a free session held on the Blinn College-Bryan Campus.

Blinn-Bryan’s Critical Incident Response Team (CIRT) will sponsor the SKYWARN® training from 1-3:30 p.m. Friday, Feb. 24, in D Building Room 219 (campus map). The session is open to the public, and covers:

  • the basics of thunderstorm development,
  • the fundamentals of storm structure,
  • how to identify potential severe weather features,
  • the information to report,
  • how to report information,
  • and basic severe weather safety.

SKYWARN® is a volunteer program with almost 290,000 trained severe weather spotters. These volunteers help to keep their communities safe by providing timely and accurate reports of severe weather to the National Weather Service.

Although SKYWARN® spotters provide essential information for all types of weather hazards, the main responsibility of a SKYWARN® spotter is to identify and describe severe local storms. In the average year, 10,000 severe thunderstorms, 5,000 floods, and more than 1,000 tornadoes threaten lives and property across the United States.

Since the program began in the 1970s, the information provided by SKYWARN® spotters, coupled with Doppler radar technology and improved satellite and other data, has enabled the National Weather Service to issue more timely and accurate warnings for tornadoes, severe thunderstorms, and flash floods.

Blinn-Bryan’s Critical Incident Response Team is comprised of more than 30 faculty and staff volunteers trained to assist in mitigation, response, and recovery processes of critical incidents. For more information, visit www.blinn.edu/brazos/cirt.