2016-03-15 / Front Page

Free Weather Spotters Training Seminar Set For Saturday, March 19 In Spencer

Saturday, March 19, the Owen County Amateur Radio Association (OCARA) and Owen County Emergency Management Agency Director Jack White will host a Severe Weather Spotters training session beginning at 9:00 a.m. in the basement of the Spencer First Christian Church, located at 157 South Montgomery Street.

This seminar is being offered free of charge and is open to the public.

Being a storm spotter not only requires dedication, but also training. Each spring the National Weather Service (NWS) in Indianapolis trains members of the police, fire department, emergency management and amateur radio community in the latest storm spotting techniques. Although the NWS has radar and other equipment to monitor storms the agency is unable to always know what is happening at ground level. In Owen County, radar can only scan down to about 1,500 feet. Thus the trained storm spotter, by providing observations of tornadoes, hail, wind and significant cloud formations, provides a truly reliable information base for severe weather detection and verification. This enables the NWS staff members to make warning decisions that fulfill their mission of protecting life and property.

David Tucek, Warning Coordination Meteorologist for the NWS, will present the training, which is ex- pected to last for approximately two hours. Attendees will be certified as Storm Spotters.

Whether you are interested in becoming a certified Storm Spotter or you wish to gain knowledge to protect your family during severe weather, you are cordially invited to attend.

Amateur radio operators are able to quickly relay information to the NWS in Indianapolis in real time. Since their radio equipment does not rely on infrastructure and many amateurs can operate independently of power, they are able to continue reporting even if phone line, cell towers and/ or electrical power is out.

Today, there are more than 650,000 Amateur Radio operators in the United States and more than 2.5 million worldwide.

For more information on amateur radio, contact Jim Baughn at 812 828-0629, or telephone the American Radio Relay League at 1-800- 32NEW HAM.

To learn more about the Owen County Amateur Radio Association, visit www.OwenCountyARA.org.

Return to top

Click here for digital edition
2016-03-15 digital edition