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Tompkins County to Host Winter SKYWARN Spotter Course

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Tompkins County to Host Winter SKYWARN Spotter Course

Friday, October 11, 2019

When: Thursday, October 24th from 6:30pm – 8:30pm

Where: Tompkins County Dept. of Emergency Response
              92 Brown Road, Ithaca, NY 14850

Objective: To train storm spotters about winter storms and what to report to the National Weather Service(NWS) and Emergency Management relating to snow, ice, rain and flooding.

Topics Include: Information on SKYWARN and its goal, the NWS mission and the importance of spotters and ground truth reports and examples of how spotters can help forecasters warn the public; winter weather hazards, winter weather terminology, winter storms including snowstorms, blizzards, lake effect snow, rainstorms, flooding and ice storms, winter weather and flood safety, how to get winter weather information and procedures for reporting snowfall, ice, flooding and rainfall to the NWS.

Who Should Attend: Individuals who are interested in becoming SKYWARN weather spotters, feeding valuable information to the National Weather Service. SKYWARN spotters are independent of any government agency and are not by definition “Storm Chasers.”

For More Information: Visit or email questions to

RSVP: (607) 257-3888 or or