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Posted on April 17, 2014

Skywarn logo.Cal U will host a SkyWarn training session at 6:30 p.m. April 22 in Eberly Hall, Room 110, to train volunteers who are interested in becoming severe weather spotters. 

The training, organized by Cal U’s Meteorology Club, will be led by a meteorologist from the National Weather Service in Pittsburgh.

The public is welcome, and there is no cost for the training. Cal U students who will be involved in this summer’s storm chase (EAS175) are required to complete the training. 

SkyWarn volunteers provide the National Weather Service with timely reports of severe weather, primarily by identifying and describing local storms. The weather service uses the information to issue more timely and accurate warnings for tornadoes, severe thunderstorms and flash floods.

More than 1,600 SkyWarn volunteers keep an eye on the weather in parts of Pennsylvania, West Virginia, Ohio and Maryland. 

For more information about Skywarn, visit the Pittsburgh Skywarn page of the National Weather Service, a division of the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration. 

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