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SKYWARN® - Basics (Prince George's County)

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Maryland Fire & Rescue Institute

4500 Campus Drive

College Park, MD 20740

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Do you have an interest in weather? Would you like to be able to help your local National Weather Service office by providing the ground truth on the atmosphere that we observe from radar, satellites and various reporting stations? Then consider attending the SKYWARN® program Basic course.

By attending this course, you will be trained by NWS personal to recognize features associated with developing, mature, and dissipating thunderstorms which cause hazardous weather such as lightning, flooding, hail, tornadoes and downbursts. The attendee will also learn basics about winter weather and tropical hazards.

At the end of the course, you will be assigned a SKYWARN® spotter number which will be maintained in the official database at the NWS in Sterling. You will also be directed how to report this vital weather information. For those who have attended in the past but want a refresher, please feel free to attend. We would love to see you again!

This SKYWARN® Spotter Class is offered free of charge from the combined efforts of your local National Weather Service Forecast Office and the University of Maryland. A National Weather Service meteorologist will teach the class and provide related materials.

Registration is required to attend the class!

“Skywarn® and the Skywarn® logo are registered trademarks of the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, used with permission.”

Contact Roland Berg at countyeoc@co.pg.md.us for questions or concerns regarding the class.

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