SKYWARN Spotter Training

- SKYWARN Spotter Training
By: Jeremy Linder 

For more than a decade Michael Dominy has watched the skies of the Concho Valley for severe weather.  Dominy is just one of the hundreds of trained spotters under the SKYWARN program.

"What we do is when we're called in, we'll come in and we can set up what is called a net control it allows us to talk to amateur radio operators not just in Tom Green County but all surrounding counties."

Dominy and other spotters learned the tools they use during a yearly SKYWARN training session. Covering everything, from the basics of thunderstorm development to identifying severe weather features.

"What’s happening, hail, what size hail is it?  Is it pea size, quarter size, baseball size?"

As reports come in the information is passed along to forecasters at the National Weather Service to better track the storm and issue warnings.

"I’m writing it down as fast as I can and these guys are asking where at, who, what’s going on, what was the exact location.  And they can pinpoint it on their radar."

Training sessions are open to anyone interested.  They’re every year right before the height of severe weather season.  The next is this Saturday, right here at Trinity Lutheran Church from 9am to Noon.

"The more the better, because we need spotters to tell these guys what’s going on."

If you miss Saturday’s training, don't worry. There is a second session in Menard next Tuesday and then a third in Senora on Wednesday.

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