Want to learn more about severe weather and how to report it accurately? Centennial Airport is hosting a free SKYWARN® Weather Spotter class on Saturday, May 4, 2019 at 10 a.m., in the Wright Brothers Room of the Airport Administrative Building.
While this class is geared more for pilots and the aviaition community, everyone is welcome!
SKYWARN® is a National Weather Service (NWS) program developed in the 1960s that consists of trained weather spotters who provide reports of severe and hazardous weather to help meteorologists make life-saving warning decisions. Spotters are concerned citizens, amateur radio operators, truck drivers, mariners, airplane pilots, emergency management personnel, and public safety officials who volunteer their time and energy to report on hazardous weather impacting their community.
SKYWARN® spotter reports provide vital “ground truth” to the NWS. While radar is great for identifying storms, in our area, it can’t see everything. Radar often sees a storm around 2,000-4,000 ft in the atmosphere. A lot of weather, including tornadoes, can happen below that. Meteorologists need spotters like you to report severe weather, tornadoes and wall clouds and to confirm what they’re seeing on radar.
***Storm spotting is recommended for those 18 and up***