Brown County Senior Squadron Co-hosts Severe Weather Training Event
Green Bay, Wisconsin – Severe weather season will soon arrive, and local civic groups have helped the public prepare by learning how to spot and report potentially life-threatening storms.
The Brown County Civil Air Patrol squadron along with the Green Bay IMC Club and the Greater Green Bay Area EAA Chapter 651 jointly hosted a SKYWARN Spotter training on January 31st at Austin Straubel Airport for 72 participants.
In the average year, 10,000 severe thunderstorms, 5,000 floods and more than 1,000 tornadoes occur across the United States. These events threaten lives and property. In order to obtain critical ‘real-time’ weather information when such events happen, NOAA’s National Weather Service (NWS) established SKYWARN®. SKYWARN® is a volunteer program with nearly 290,000 trained severe weather spotters. These volunteers help keep their local communities safe by making timely and accurate reports of severe weather to the NWS. SKYWARN® storm spotters are citizens who form the Nation’s first line of defense against severe weather, helping give their communities the precious gift of time–seconds and minutes that can save lives.
A National Weather Service meteorologist presents the storm spotter training program. Course topics cover storm development, structure, identifying and describing severe weather features, reporting procedures, and weather safety tips.
The January 31st training session targeted local aviators in particular, but anyone was welcome to attend. In addition to providing a valuable community service, pilots increased their knowledge of weather phenomena to better inform decision-making about flying.
The presentation was preceded by a chili and cornbread lunch served by members of the Brown County Senior Squadron.