The local SKYWARN group for Sevier County is sponsoring a training class to anyone interested in becoming a SKYWARN Storm Spotter for East Tennessee.
SKYWARN storm spotters is a nationwide group of volunteers who are the eyes and ears that report severe weather and damage caused by weather to the National Weather Service in Morristown, TN. These reports aid the National Weather Service in its mission of protecting life and property and aid in public safety.
SKYWARN spotters receive training from the National Weather Service in conjunction with local authorities which teach weather safety, storm structure, and reportable information. The next class will be held at the Sevier County Rescue Squad, 1171 Dolly Parton Parkway in Sevierville on February 2 at 10 a.m.
Anyone can be a SKYWARN storm spotter Most of our spotters are amateur radio operators, first responders, and city and county workers but members of the general public are also welcome. You can send reports from where you work, while driving, or while you are at home. Any severe weather information is valuable.
We will have room for 100 participants and no registration is required. So if you are interested in becoming a spotter, or if you are a spotter already and need to renew your spotter training, email Rick Sawaya, Emergency Coordinator for SKYWARN at firstname.lastname@example.org. You can also call Anthony Cavallucci at the National Weather Service at 423-586-6429.