TTU to host storm-spotter training Aug. 12

Tennessee Tech University will host a National Weather Service storm-spotter training program Aug. 12 open to the public.

TTU has applied for and expects to receive recognition as a National Weather Service Storm Ready University this fall. The recognition will make TTU one of three Storm Ready Universities in Tennessee and one of 58 in the country.

The designation is the result of resources and equipment in place that allow for the timely notification of dangerous weather conditions, said Jim Cobb, TTU director of Safety and Environmental Services.

"Please join us as we seek to further enhance the response capabilities of our campus ensuring a safer environment for the campus community and the region. These skills not only enhance the institution's ability to prepare and respond to severe weather, it also allows families to observe dangerous weather conditions and take necessary precautions," Cobb said.

The Aug. 12 SKYWARN Weather Spotter training session for the community will be held at 9:30 a.m. in the Nursing and Health Services Building auditorium. The training is free and open to anyone in the region.

The National Weather Service uses trained weather spotters to obtain critical weather information during severe weather events. SKYWARN is a volunteer program with nearly 290,000 trained severe weather spotters. These volunteers help keep their local communities safe by providing timely and accurate reports of severe weather to the National Weather Service.

Although SKYWARN spotters provide essential information for all types of weather hazards, the main responsibility of a SKYWARN spotter is to identify and describe severe local storms. In the average year, 10,000 severe thunderstorms, 5,000 floods and more than 1,000 tornadoes occur across the United States. These events threatened lives and property.

Since the program started in the 1970s, the information provided by SKYWARN spotters – coupled with Doppler radar technology, improved satellite and other data – has enabled the National Weather Service to issue more timely and accurate warnings for tornadoes, severe thunderstorms and flash floods.

The training lasts approximately two hours and covers:

  • Basics of thunderstorm development
  • Fundamentals of storm structure
  • Identifying potential severe weather features
  • Information to report
  • How to report information
  • Basic severe weather safety

Go here for more information about the Storm Ready University program. Visit this site to review information about the training session.

For more information, contact TTU Safety and Environmental Services at 931-372-3524.

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