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000 NOUS41 KCTP 271000 PNSCTP PUBLIC INFORMATION STATEMENT NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE STATE COLLEGE PA 600 AM EDT FRI MAR 27 2015 ...PENNSYLVANIA SEVERE WEATHER AWARENESS WEEK... THIS IS SEVERE WEATHER AWARENESS WEEK IN PENNSYLVANIA. NOW IS THE TIME TO PREPARE FOR THE UPCOMING SEVERE WEATHER SEASON. OUR FINAL SEVERE WEATHER AND WEATHER SAFETY TOPIC IS... SKYWARN SEVERE WEATHER SPOTTERS. EACH YEAR...A DEDICATED GROUP OF VOLUNTEER WEATHER SPOTTERS...KNOWN AS SKYWARN...PROVIDE NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE OFFICES ACROSS THE COUNTRY WITH IMPORTANT...EYEWITNESS...INFORMATION ABOUT TORNADOES... FLASH FLOODS AND DAMAGING THUNDERSTORMS. SKYWARN SPOTTERS ARE PEOPLE WITH AN INTEREST IN THE WEATHER...AND AN INTEREST IN HELPING OTHERS. WHILE DOPPLER WEATHER RADARS CAN HELP METEOROLOGISTS IDENTIFY ROTATING THUNDERSTORMS...SKYWARN SPOTTERS CAN HELP TO PINPOINT PLACES WHERE A TORNADO MAY FORM...EVEN BEFORE A TORNADO TOUCHES GROUND. SKYWARN SPOTTERS ARE ALSO ESSENTIAL TO CONFIRM THAT TORNADOES HAVE TOUCHED DOWN...TO REPORT ON THE EXTENT OF DAMAGE...AND TO PROVIDE ADDED DETAILS OF A THREAT TO A COMMUNITY. A LARGE NUMBER OF SKYWARN SPOTTERS ARE ALSO HAM RADIO OPERATORS. AMATEUR RADIO EMERGENCY GROUPS AND AMATEUR RADIO CLUBS ARE CALLED INTO ACTION WHENEVER TORNADO OR SEVERE THUNDERSTORM WATCHES OR WARNINGS ARE IN EFFECT ACROSS THE COMMONWEALTH. THESE SPOTTERS COLLECT INFORMATION VIA HAM RADIO NETS...AND THEN RELAY THAT INFORMATION TO EMERGENCY MANAGEMENT AND TO THE NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE. ALL THE STAFF OF YOUR NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE WOULD LIKE TO THANK OUR MANY FRIENDS IN THE SKYWARN PROGRAM...THANK YOU FOR YOUR GREAT HELP. YOUR VOLUNTEER EFFORTS ARE VERY MUCH APPRECIATED. AGAIN...AS A PART OF EMERGENCY PREPAREDNESS...THE PENNSYLVANIA EMERGENCY MANAGEMENT AGENCY...COUNTY EMERGENCY MANAGERS...AND THOSE OF US AT THE NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE WANT YOU TO KNOW ABOUT THE FINE HELP THAT HAM RADIO AND OTHER VOLUNTEER SKYWARN SPOTTERS PROVIDE TO THE COMMONWEALTH. BE PREPARED FOR THE DANGERS OF THIS SEVERE WEATHER SEASON...AND CONSIDER BECOMING A SKYWARN SPOTTER. $$

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