NWS Buffalo SKYWARNTM Training Sessions

SKYWARNTM is a nationwide program of spotters that report severe weather to the National Weather Service. Anyone can become a SKYWARNTM spotter for the National Weather Service, all you have to do is attend one of our Spotter Training Sessions. There is no charge for the training.

SKYWARNTM training sessions are held throughout our area of responsibility based on demand...generally from late winter through spring. The basic training session provides a brief overview to the National Weather Service (the organization and our responsibilities), the equipment we use (including capabilities and limitations), and basic severe weather meteorology (including how thunderstorms, severe thunderstorms and tornadoes form). Training sessions last about two hours.

Attendees are instructed what types of severe weather the National Weather Service is interested in hearing about and are given an 800 telephone number for 24 hour access make reports directly to the NWS forecasters.

For more information, please contact:

Jon Hitchcock -- Jon.Hitchcock@noaa.gov -- SKYWARN Focal Point, WFO Buffalo
Judith Levan -- Judith.Levan@noaa.gov -- WFO Buffalo, Warning Coordination Meteorologist


Tuesday, March 11, 2014 7:00 p.m. Erie Kenmore
Church of the Nativity
1500 Colvin Blvd
Radio Association of Western New York (RAWNY)
Contact: Kevin Kedzierski 716-693-3916
Wednesday, March 19, 2014 7:00 p.m. Oswego Fulton
County Office Building (lower level)
200 North Second Street
(Route 481 North)
Oswego County Emergency Communicators
Contact: Oswego County EM 315-591-9150
Monday, March 24, 2014 7:30 p.m. Chautauqua Jamestown
WCA Hospital
207 Foote Ave
Contact: John Crossley 716-569-3257
Tuesday, March 25, 2014 7:00 p.m. Monroe Fairport
Town of Perinton Recreation and Parks Dept
1350 Turk Hill Road
Town of Perinton Recreation and Parks Dept
Contact: Matt Steffen msteffen@perinton.org
Monday April 7th, 2014 6:30 p.m. Erie Cheektowaga
Erie County Fire Training Center
3359 Broadway
Erie County
Thursday, April 10th, 2014 7 p.m. Allegany
Allegany County Emergency Management
Wednesday, April 23rd, 2014 7 p.m. Cattaraugus Little Valley
Cattaraugus County Building
303 Court Street
Cattaraugus County Office of Emergency Management
Contact:  CJbaker@cattco.org
Tuesday, April 29th, 2014 7 p.m. Erie Buffalo
Buffalo State College
Classroom Building, 4th Floor
Buffalo State Geography Department
Thursday, May 1, 2014 7 p.m. Jefferson
Jefferson County Emergency Management
Thursday, May 1, 2014 7 p.m. Wayne Lyons
Wayne County Public Safety Bldg 2nd Floor
7376 Route 31  Suite 2000
Wayne County Emergency Management
Contact:  Gbastedo@co.wayne.ny.us
Wednesday, May 21, 2014 7:30 p.m. Erie Tonawanda
Tonawanda City Hall


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