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SKYWARN is a concept developed in the early 1970s that was intended to promote a cooperative effort between the National Weather Service and communities. Wayne county Indiana SKYWARN started up in 2003 and is now being coordinatored by Jim Scott of Centerville, Indiana KB9SJZ. The emphasis of the effort is often focused on the storm spotter, A spotter is an individual that will observe and report cloud formations, hail size, rainfall amounts, wind gusts and report them to the SKYWARN coordinator who then reports the information to the National Weather Service. With this vital information the National Weather Service can help model more accurate weather and maybe even see signals of a developing tornado. SKYWARN also will receive information from the National Weather Service and relay that information to local community. The Wayne County Emergency Management Agency and Wayne County SKYWARN work closely together with the National Weather Service and Dayton SKYWARN . It should be noted that SKYWARN is not a club or organization, however, in some areas where Emergency Management programs do not perform the function, people have organized SKYWARN groups that work independent of a parent government agency and feed valuable information to the National Weather Service. You can contact the coordinator at kb9sjz@wanyecountyskywarn.org. SKYWARN is not a club or organization, however, in some areas where Emergency Management programs do not perform the function, people have organized SKYWARN groups that work independent of a parent government agency and feed valuable information to the National Weather Service. While this provides the radar meteorologist with much needed input, the circuit is not complete if the information does not reach those who can activate sirens or local broadcast systems. SKYWARN spotters are not by definition "Storm Chasers". While their functions and methods are similar, the spotter stays close to home and usually has ties to a local agency. Storm chasers often cover hundreds of miles a day. The term Storm Chaser covers a wide variety of people. Some are meteorologists doing specific research or are gathering basic information (like video) for training and comparison to radar data. Others chase storms to provide live information for the media, and others simply do it for the thrill. The National Weather Service conducts spotter training classes across the United States, and your local National Weather Service office should be consulted as to when the next class will be held. The National Weather Service conducts spotter training classes across the United States, and your local SKYWARN Coordinator should be consulted as to when the next class will be held. Storm Spotting and Storm Chasing is dangerous and should not be done without proper training, experience and equipment.

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