Ham Radio and Skywarn

There are many ways to get involved with the weather. The simplest is to just turn on the TV or radio and listen to a forecast or jump on the internet to check out the weather. If you want to become more involved, Skywarn might be what you are looking for. For those with Ham radios, or without, this program provides you with a unique spotter number that you can then use to report the weather.

Skywarn training is something offered by the NOAAS National Weather Service (NWS). Completing the training course is how you obtain their own unique official spotter number, along with a phone number to call if you see extraordinary weather situations. Additionally, those who are Ham Radio operators can also use their radio to sign into weather nets. Nets are organized discussions controlled by a single person that everyone else checks in with and are a great way to communicate if a storm has knocked down power lines or cell towers aren’t transmitting.

It should be noted that if you are a Ham radio operator that in the event of an emergency you still can report disastrous weather without the spotter number. Taking the class lets us all become more informed about the weather though.

Each region of CT is covered by a different branch of the NWS. For instance, Bristol is covered by the office in Taunton, Ma. Their website has links for Skywarn down the left side which shows training in Marlborough, CT on the evening of May 16th, 2013.  The last time Taunton offered this was in the fall of 2012 so if interested, jump in this. http://www.erh.noaa.gov/box/

Each NWS branch location offers the training for the towns in their area. For instance, someone in Bristol, CT can’t take the training offered by the Albany, NY office. They have to take the training provided by the Taunton, MA branch.

Complete training for Connecticut can be found here:

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