Monthly Archives: March 2013

Amateur Radio and SKYWARN Storm Spotters

PUBLIC INFORMATION STATEMENT
NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE SHREVEPORT LA
600 AM CST FRI MAR 8 2013

THE NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE USES A VARIETY OF METHODS TO PREDICT AND
TRACK SEVERE WEATHER. BUT EVEN WITH THE LATEST TECHNOLOGY…WE STILL
HEAVILY RELY ON THE EYES AND EARS OF OUR PARTNERS IN THE FIELD TO
HELP US KNOW WHATS REALLY HAPPENING.

HISTORICALLY…AMATEUR RADIO OPERATORS HAVE PLAYED A MAJOR ROLE IN
SEVERE WEATHER OPERATIONS OF THE NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE. OFTEN
REFERRED TO AS HAMS…THESE VOLUNTEERS LEND THEIR TIME…EXPERTISE…
AND EQUIPMENT IN THE FORECAST OFFICE TO HELP COMMUNICATE WITH THE
COMMUNITY WHEN STORMS THREATEN. ONE REASON WHY AMATEUR RADIO IS SO
BENEFICIAL TO THE NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE IS THAT IT OFFERS THE
ABILITY TO COMMUNICATE WITH OPERATORS FROM ALL ACROSS THE REGION
SIMULTANEOUSLY. OUR HAM RADIO OPERATORS OFTEN COMMUNICATE DIRECTLY
WITH OUR TRAINED STORM SPOTTERS.

STORM SPOTTERS ARE TRAINED VOLUNTEERS WHO COME FROM ALL WALKS OF
LIFE. MANY WORK WITH THEIR LOCAL EMERGENCY MANAGEMENT OFFICE TO
COLLECT WEATHER INFORMATION. THEY PROVIDE THE NATIONAL WEATHER
SERVICE WITH CRITICAL INFORMATION TO AID IN THE WARNING DECISION
MAKING PROCESS. SOME OF OUR SPOTTERS ARE MEMBERS OF THEIR LOCAL
COMMUNITY FIRE AND POLICE DEPARTMENTS…MEMBERS OF THE DEPARTMENT OF
PUBLIC SAFETY…OR CITY AND COUNTY OFFICIALS. OTHER SPOTTERS ARE
SIMPLY MEMBERS OF THE PUBLIC CONCERNED WITH HELPING THEIR COMMUNITY
IN A TIME OF NEED.

STORM SPOTTERS ARE TRAINED TO SAFELY OBSERVE AND REPORT SEVERE
WEATHER BY ATTENDING ONE OF OUR FREE STORM SPOTTER TRAINING CLASSES.
THESE CLASSES ARE CONDUCTED AS A JOINT EFFORT BETWEEN LOCAL EMERGENCY
ORGANIZATIONS…AND THE LOCAL NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE OFFICE.
SEVERAL CLASSES ARE OFFERED ACROSS THE REGION DURING THE SPRING
MONTHS…AND AGAIN DURING THE AUTUMN MONTHS.

THE NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE WOULD LIKE TO THANK EVERYONE INVOLVED IN
MAKING SEVERE WEATHER AWARENESS WEEK A SUCCESS.

FOR MORE INFORMATION ON SEVERE WEATHER AWARENESS WEEK…PLEASE
VISIT…WWW.NWS.NOAA.GOV/OM/SEVEREWEATHER/