Thursday, April 26, 2012 at 7:00 pm
The Peter White Public Library
217 N. Front St., Marquette
Call 226-4318 for more information.
Severe weather is the topic of a public seminar presented at the Peter White Public Library on Thursday, April 26 at 7:00 pm in the library’s Shiras room. Matthew Zika, Warning Coordination Meteorologist at the National Weather Service Marquette office provides details on why storm spotters are vitally important to the weather warning process and how to become a weather spotter for the SKYWARN program of the National Weather Service.
This 90 minute presentation covers many important aspects of weather reporting and safety such as thunderstorm ingredients, lightning and hail development, lightning safety, radar interpretation, tornado safety, National Weather Service severe weather criteria, what to report to the National Weather Service, how to make a good wind estimate, cloud formations, and how to receive weather information.
SKYWARN is a volunteer program with nearly 290,000 trained severe weather spotters nationwide. These volunteers help keep their local communities safe by providing timely and accurate reports of severe weather to the National Weather Service. Since the 1970s, the information provided by SKYWARN spotters, coupled with Doppler radar technology, improved satellite and other data, has enabled NWS to issue more timely and accurate warnings for tornadoes, severe thunderstorms and flash floods.
The program is open at no admission charge to anyone who wants to become a storm spotter and all weather enthusiasts. No registration is required.
Call the library at 226-4318 or visit www.pwpl.info for more information.