(Oriskany, NY – April 2013) The National Weather Service in Binghamton will be conducting a Basic SKYWARN (weather spotters) training class on April 29 from 6:30 to 8 p.m..  The class will be held at the Emergency Preparedness Training Center located at 5900 Airport Road in Oriskany.

This class is for beginners or anybody that has a general interest in weather.   This class trains volunteers to report severe weather to the National Weather Service.  The class is free and open to everyone; no age requirements, previous training, or equipment is required.

The SKYWARN program is a nationwide program that provides real-time severe weather reports to the National Weather Service.

“Trained weather spotters provide valuable lifesaving information to the National Weather Service and we encourage those who have an interest in weather to participate in this critical program,” said David Nicosia, Warning Coordination Meteorologist. “Despite all the technological advances, SKYWARN Spotter reports are still crucial to the National Weather Service in providing more accurate severe weather warnings.”

There are a limited number of seats so please register if you plan on attending.  To register or if you have questions please respond via email to bgm.skywarn@noaa.gov or by calling 607-729-1597 EXT 4.

By martha

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