CBRA SKYWARN Mission:
To enable Amateur Radio operators to continued and strengthen skill development of NWS provided training to strengthen:
· Basics of thunderstorm development
· Fundamentals of storm structure
· Identifying potential severe weather features
· Information to report
· How to report information
· Basic severe weather safety
In most years, thunderstorms,
tornadoes, and lightning caused hundreds of injuries and deaths and billions in
property and crop damages. To obtain
critical weather information, the National Weather Service (NWS) established
SKYWARN® with partner organizations. SKYWARN® is a volunteer program with
between 350,000 and 400,000 trained severe weather spotters. These volunteers
help keep their local communities safe by providing timely and accurate reports
of severe weather to the National Weather Service.
Although SKYWARN® spotters provide essential information for all types of weather hazards, the focus is reporting on severe local thunderstorms. In an average year, the United States experiences more than 10,000 severe thunderstorms, 5,000 floods and more than 1,000 tornadoes.
Since the program started in the 1970s, the information provided by SKYWARN® spotters, coupled with Doppler radar technology, improved satellite and other data, has enabled NWS to issue more timely and accurate warnings for tornadoes, severe thunderstorms and flash floods. SKYWARN® storm spotters form the nation's first line of defense against severe weather. There can be no finer reward than to know that your efforts have given your family and neighbors the precious gift of time--minutes that can help save lives.