SKYWARN training session June 23 at Adams Fire Station

ADAMS, NY — On Monday, June 24, 2019 the Jefferson County Office of Fire and
Emergency Management in conjunction with the National Weather Service
will be conducting a “SKY WARN Storm Spotter Training”. This will be at the
Adams Fire Station located at 6 North Main St. Adams, NY 13605. This class is
absolutely free and will begin at 7:00 pm and will last approximately 2 hours.

The National Weather Service promotes and presents this program
through the local National Weather Office to train the public to spot and
report weather events as they are happening. The National Weather Service
uses the data collected by these spotters to make predictions and activate
alerts such as watches and warnings.

The organization of spotters and the distribution of warning information may lie with the National Weather Service or with an emergency management agency within the community. This agency could be a police or fire department, or often is an emergency management/service group (what people might still think of as a civil defense group).

This is a great training opportunity from the National Weather Service and again is FREE of charge. A web page has been organized for this program:

Please contact the Jefferson County Office of Fire and Emergency Management at 315-786-2654 to sign up. Walk-Ins are also welcome.



The Buffalo office of the National Weather Service will be conducting a SKYWARN spotter training seminar in Adams, at the Adams Fire Station, 6 North Main St, on Monday June 24, 2019 at 7:00 PM. The training session will last about two hours and there is no cost for the training.

SKYWARN is a national effort to save lives during severe weather emergencies with an expanding network of trained volunteer weather spotters. SKYWARN spotters support their local community and government by providing reports of severe weather directly to the National Weather Service in Buffalo by phone using the NWS spotter hotline. The services performed by SKYWARN spotters have saved many lives.

The National Weather Service has a number of devices for detecting severe thunderstorms. Included in these are Doppler radar, satellite, and lightning detection networks. However, the most important tool for observing thunderstorms is the trained eye of the storm spotter. By providing observations, SKYWARN spotters assist National Weather Service staff in their warning decisions and enable the National Weather Service to fulfill its mission of protecting life and property. Storm spotters are, and always will be, an indispensable part of the severe local storm warning program.

The basic training session provides a brief overview of the National Weather Service organization and our responsibilities, severe weather safety, and basic severe weather meteorology including how thunderstorms, severe thunderstorms and tornadoes form.

Anyone can become a severe weather spotter for the National Weather Service. SKYWARN training is free and open to the public.

For further information, you can call the National Weather Service at (716) 565-0204 ext. 223.

More information about SKYWARN is available on the NWS Buffalo website at

On the Web:
NOAA’s National Weather Service:
NOAA’s National Weather Service in Buffalo: