NWS SKYWARN Spotter trainings to be held online and in adjoining counties

Online and in-person Spring SKYWARN Spotter trainings have been scheduled by National Weather Service (NWS) forecast offices for the three geographic areas serving Allegany and adjoining New York and Pennsylvania counties.

SKYWARN is a nationwide program of spotters, including older teens, who attend a free training session within the forecast area in which they reside and report severe weather to the NWS.

Attendees are instructed during the two-hour training on what types of local severe weather the forecasting service is interested in having reported and are given an 800 telephone number for 24-hour access to make reports directly to NWS forecasters..

Rotating sessions, starting later this month and continuing into June, depending on forecast areas, include presentations online and in-person at the Steuben County Civil Defense offices at Bath, and McKean County Emergency Management in Smethport.

Further information, including training schedules and required registration, for the NWS forecast office at Buffalo for Allegany County and Western New York are available at https://bit.ly/2ZkmowL, for NWS Binghamton for Steuben County east at https://bit.ly/3z6feen, and for the NWS at State College for Pennsylvania counties to the south at http://bit.ly/42fsABM.

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