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November 30, 2012

Program seeks Oneonta-area weather spotters

Staff Report
The Daily Star

---- — Oneonta-area weather spotters are being sought to participate in the National Weather Service's SKYWARN program. A class for interested volunteers is scheduled for Dec. 6.

According to a media release from the NWS, the Winter SKYWARN program is a nationwide program that provides real-time severe weather reports.

“Trained weather spotters provide valuable lifesaving information to the National Weather Service, and we encourage those who have an interest in weather to participate in this critical program,” meteorologist David Nicosia of the Binghamton NWS said in a media release. “Despite all the technological advances, SKYWARN Spotter reports are still crucial to the National Weather Service in providing more accurate winter weather warnings."

The training class will run from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. Thursday in Room 130 of Morris Hall on the State University College at Oneonta campus. The class will be aimed at beginners; no experience or expertise is required, and people of all ages can participate. Volunteers will be trained to report snow, ice, rain and flooding to the National Weather Service.

The class is open to all, but registration is requested, as space is limited. To register or for more information, email bgm.skywarn@noaa.gov or call 729-1597, ext. 4. For more information on this class, including maps of the class locations, or for other classes in the local area, visit weather.gov/bgm or follow NWS on Facebook.

NOAA's National Weather Service is the primary source of weather data, forecasts and warnings for the United States and its territories.