Skywarn Storm Spotter Program comes to Rochester

May 25, 2018 11:25 PM

Despite all our modern technology for predicting the weather, there are still shortcomings that only trained individuals can handle.

This is extra important during times of severe weather, which is where the Skywarn Storm Spotter Program comes in.

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“Essentially Skywarn spotters give us reports on everything we can’t see," Mike Fries from the National Weather Service said.  "Once you get farther from the radar we can’t see things on the ground from the perspective of the radar at the weather service office.”   

This past week there was a seminar about this program in Rochester, where it is specifically useful to have since the city lacks a radar.  

Fries further mentions why the program is so important. 

“The reason we do the Skywarn spotter training is that the USA is the most severe weather prone county in the world. We have tens of thousands of thunderstorms in a year, dozens if not hundreds of tornadoes, so the Skywarn spotter network is what helps us get reports of this stuff, so we can essentially come up with better watches and warning products to serve the country.”

Anyone can sign up to be a spotter, all you need to do is find when a class will be held in your local area and attend.  

If you are interested in becoming a spotter you can find the updated list of classes here



Robert Speta

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