Become A Severe Weather Spotter

York County residents interested in helping keep the community safe by becoming severe weather spotters are invited to attend a SKYWARN training session on Saturday, June 1 at 10 a.m. at the York County Department of Emergency Services, 120 Davies Drive in Springettsbury Township.

SKYWARN weather spotters report wind gusts, hail size, rainfall and cloud formations that could signal a developing tornado and/or approaching severe storms. The program was developed in the 1970s as a cooperative effort between the National Weather Service and communities, according to the 120 Davies Drive in Springettsbury Township.

The information provided by SKYWARN spotters, coupled with Doppler radar technology, has enabled the National Weather Service to issue more timely and accurate warnings for tornadoes, severe thunderstorms and flash floods.

Sponsored by York County’s emergency amateur radio communications team, the June 1 training will train volunteers to become weather spotters. The session includes:

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

The National Weather Service encourages anyone with an interest in public service to attend. Interested individuals can register for the session by contacting Tom Graybill at or the Department of Emergency Services at (717) 840-2913.

“SKYWARN spotters form the nation’s first line of defense against severe weather,” said Mike Fetrow, director of the York County Office of Emergency Management. “Please take the time to participate in this program. The help from spotters can save lives.”

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