National Weather Service Skywarn Spotter training is Thursday for summer dangers

The National Weather Service (NWS) at Buffalo will hold an online Skywarn Spotter training tomorrow night for Allegany County and Western New York residents, including youth, who are interested in learning more about potentially dangerous weather conditions and how they can even help the NWS in weather reporting.

The online session will be held from 7PM to 9PM and will discuss potential damage and protection against severe thunderstorms, tornadoes, flash floods, and more, general weather safety, and local reporting to the NWS.

Required registration for the online session is available at:

Information on Skywarn and in-person and virtual classes being conducted by the NWS at Buffalo for the Western New York forecast area, Binghamton for Steuben County east, and State College, Pa., for Potter and McKean counties, and others around the country, is available at

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As always, we are seeking volunteers who have an interest in weather and other types of disaster preparedness to expand our coverage and community education. For further information, contact Allegany Hope at or (484) 435-0503.