The 2018 severe weather season is fast approaching. Are you prepared? Can you recognize clues that suggest large hail, flash flooding or a possible tornado? The National Weather Service will answer these and many other questions at the SKYWARN Storm Spotter Program on Saturday, Feb. 17.
Presentations will be held from 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. at the Granville Arts Center, 300 N. Fifth St. in Garland. SKYWARN is hosted by Garland Radio Amateur Civil Emergency Service (R.A.C.E.S.) and is sponsored by the City of Garland Office of Emergency Management.
The program will begin with the basics of thunderstorm development, fundamentals of storm structure, identifying potential severe weather features and basic severe weather safety. For those interested in becoming a storm spotter, the presentation will discuss storm spotter operations, identify what critical weather information should be reported and how that information should be shared with the National Weather Service. The second half of the program will feature radar interpretation and will build on the topics discussed in the first part of the day.
The program is free and open to the public, and no advanced registration is necessary. Come learn from the professionals how to keep you and those around you safe during severe weather. There will be food trucks at the event during lunch hours. Information booths for area amateur radio clubs and other volunteer organizations will be on-site to answer questions as well. A certificate of training signed by a National Weather Service Meteorologist will be available to all participants.