Snowflake (Leonardsville, NY – Oct. 2015) The National Weather Service in Binghamton will be conducting a Winter SKYWARN (weather spotters) training class from 2 to 3:30 p.m. Saturday Nov. 7 at the Leonardsville Fire Department, 11306 Mill St., Leonardsville.

This class is for anybody that has a general interest in weather. This class trains volunteers on how to accurately measure and report snowfall totals 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 weather reports to the National Weather Service.

“Trained weather spotters provide valuable life-saving 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 weather warnings.”

There are a limited number of seats, so registration is required. To register, visit or email

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By martha

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