MOUNT VERNON — With Severe Weather Awareness Week approaching March 18-24, Knox County Emergency Management Agency, in cooperation with the National Weather Service, will be conducting Skywarn Severe Weather Spotter training on March 29.

In most years, thunderstorms, tornadoes and lightning caused hundreds of injuries and deaths and billions in property and crop damages. To obtain critical weather information, the National Weather Service established Skywarn with partner organizations. Skywarn is a volunteer program with between 350,000 and 400,000 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.

Since the program started in the 1970s, the information provided by Skywarn spotters, coupled with Doppler radar technology, improved satellite and other data, and has enabled NWS to issue more timely and accurate warnings for tornadoes, severe thunderstorms and flash floods. Skywarn storm spotters are 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.

Registration will begin at 5:30 p.m., with the course from 6-8 p.m. The training will be held at the Central Ohio Technical College’s Knox Campus, 236 S. Main St., Mount Vernon. The training is free of charge and no preregistration is necessary.

For more information on Skywarn visit: http://www.nws.noaa.gov/skywarn/.

 

 

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