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Weather Watch Operations Training – 2011 Severe Weather Season

Bob, Daniel, Terra and I attended the Weather Watch Operations training today, presented by the Amarillo/Potter/Randall Office of Emergency Management (OEM), at the Amarillo Emergency Operations Center (EOC). Some of the topics covered were: OEM Duty Officer Watch, Weather Watch activation and staffing, and warning criteria. Jose Garcia Meteorologist-in-Charge of the Amarillo National Weather Service (NWS) office stated that in years past he usually had been more able to predict the upcoming season, however this season he is uncertain of the weather to expect. Garcia also stated that we are transitioning out of a La Nina cycle which generally means warmer, drier weather which may cause us to experience a below average severe weather season, but the fire weather threats we have experienced will likely continue. Garcia also indicated that our Spring severe weather cycle may be earlier than normal with higher possibilities of severe weather in April and May, rather than May and June.

Have a safe storm spotting season, KE5ZRT


2011 PARC ARES SKYWARN Storm Spotter Training

Krissy Scotten will be presenting a SKYWARN certification class for the PARC ARES group on Tuesday March 8th 2011 at 19:30 at the AES Building at 1900 Line Avenue in Amarillo, TX. If you are unable to attend the SKYWARN Training scheduled for our ARES meeting, the 2011 Spotter Training Schedule is available here.

Skywarn® is the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration’s (NOAA) National Weather Service’s (NWS) severe weather spotting program with nearly 290,000 trained volunteers nationwide. Since the late 1960s, trained Skywarn® spotters have helped support the NWS’ primary mission of protecting life and property through the issuance of severe weather warnings. These dedicated citizens help keep their local community safe by conveying severe weather reports to their local NWS Forecast Office. Skywarn® spotters are integral to the success of our Nation’s severe weather warning system.

Every year the NWS conducts Skywarn® spotter training sessions. The NWS currently has 122 Weather Forecast Offices across the nation, each with a Warning Coordination Meteorologist, who is responsible for administering the Skywarn® program in their local area. There is no charge and a typical class takes about 2 hours to conduct.

Storm Spotter certification is required every two years, but please consider attending this class even if your certification has not expired. We have some new personnel out at the Amarillo NWS, and this would be a great time to meet them. Additionally, Krissy Scotten, Warning Coordination Meteorologist NWS AMA, will be instructing our training and she has indicated that she will be putting together a more “robust” or “advanced” curriculum specifically for our group. If you are unable to attend this training, information on future spotter trailing classes will be posted here as information is available. If you are not currently a SKYWARN spotter and you are interested in joining our volunteer group you are welcome to attend this training as well.

SKYWARN® is a registered trademark of NOAA’s National Weather Service.  Rules for the usage of the SKYWARN® name and logo are available here.

For more information about SKYWARN, please click here.

If you are interested in joining ARES, please click here.

If you are interested in Amateur Radio, please click here.


The 2011 National Storm Conference

TESSA–The Texas Severe Storms Association

Saturday, March 12, 9:00 am to 5:00 pm at Colleyville Center – Colleyville, Texas

The National Storm Conference is a full day of presentations from some of the top severe weather experts in the country. Storm spotters, chasers, forecasters, researchers, emergency managers and others gather at the conference for a day of learning and fun. It’s free and open to the public, so come and join us for the biggest event in Tornado Alley! The National Storm Conference is free and open to the public. Registration is not required. Arrive early, seating is limited.

For more information please visit http://tessa.org/


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