Greene County, Missouri SKYWARN
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About Amateur (aka "Ham") Radio:
“When all else fails…” is more than just words to ham radio operators; as they proven many times over during events such as Hurricane Katrina and the Joplin tornado's that they can send and receive communication in many forms without the use of phone systems, internet, or any other infrastructure that can be compromised in a crisis. Ham radio operators are federally licensed individuals than have technical knowledge of communication and equipment. They can, and often times do, carry full two-way conversations with the other side of the world using about the same amount of power as your typical box fan, ceiling fan, or old VCR.
What is SKYWARN
The effects of severe weather are felt every year by many Americans. To obtain critical weather information, NOAA's National Weather Service (NWS), part of the U.S. Department of Commerce, established SKYWARN® with partner organizations.
SKYWARN® is a volunteer program with nearly 290,000 trained severe weather spotters. These volunteers help keep their local 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 occur across the United States. These events threatened lives and property.
Since the program started in the 1970s, the information provided by SKYWARN® spotters, coupled with Doppler radar technology, improved satellite and other data, has enabled NWS to issue more timely and accurate warnings for tornadoes, severe thunderstorms and flash floods.
SKYWARN® storm spotters are part of the ranks of citizens who form the Nation's first line of defense against severe weather. There can be no finer reward than to know that their efforts have given communities the precious gift of time--seconds and minutes that can help save lives.
How Can I Get Involved?
NWS has 122 local Weather Forecast Offices, each with a Warning Coordination Meteorologist, who is responsible for administering the SKYWARN® program in their local area. Training is conducted at local offices and covers:
- Basics of thunderstorm development
- Fundamentals of storm structure
- Identifying potential severe weather features
- What information to report
- How to report information
How To Become a Certified Greene County Spotter after you have taken a local course:
- Take the following course on Meted: https://www.meted.ucar.edu/training_module.php?id=817#.Vsi3o_krLIU
- If you are a licensed amateur radio operator, or plan to be one, make Patti Flowers-Palmer your supervisor on Meted and email a copy of your certificate to her. She will insure the form gets to the weather service.
- Sign up for an account on GCMOSkywarn.net
Can I register for the Website?
Absolutely! We very much encourage you to join, regardless of your weather skill level or your Amateur radio interest level. Most of the Greene County Skywarn Website is open to the public. However, there are certain features for GCMOSkywarn Spotters only. Only certified spotters with administrative approval will be granted this level of access. Please contact any regular Net Control Operator to put in the request for full access.
Greene County Missouri SKYWARN® program is administered by the National Weather Service Springfield Missouri Office and coordinates with the Greene County Office of Emergency Management.
The SKYWARN® program in Greene County is coordinated locally by Patti Flowers-Palmer, Amateur Radio call KD0AEL and coordinates all amateur radio activities in Greene County SKYWARN®
Lewis Carroll Amateur Radio Call-KD0KNL is the Assistant Greene County SKYWARN Coordinator.
Many SKYWARN® volunteers are licensed amateur radio operators.
These “ham” operators provide real time data to the Greene County SKYWARN repeater 146-640 and significant weather reports are then passed directly to the National Weather Service in Springfield, MO. We coordinate our Skywarn efforts with the Regional repeater and the Regional Skywarn Coordinator Jim Sellars, amateur radio call sign N0UAM.
You do not need to be an amateur radio operator to become a part of the SKYWARN® program.
We hope to see you at an up-coming class and become a SKYWARN™ volunteer.
- Written by Brad Bailey
- Category: Public Interest
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