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The Tompkins County Department of Emergency Response will host a course to educate storm spotters about winter storms and what to report to the National Weather Service (NWS) and Emergency Management relating to snow, ice, rain and flooding.

When: Thursday, October 24th from 6:30pm – 8:30pm

Where: Tompkins County Dept. of Emergency Response, 92 Brown Road, Ithaca, NY 14850

Topics will include information on SKYWARN and its goal, the NWS mission and the importance of spotters and ground truth reports and examples of how spotters can help forecasters warn the public. Winter weather hazards, winter weather terminology,

winter storms including snowstorms, blizzards, lake effect snow, rainstorms, flooding and ice storms, winter weather and flood safety, and how to get winter weather information will also be covered. Training will also teach procedures for reporting snowfall, ice, flooding and rainfall to the NWS.

Individuals who are interested in becoming SKYWARN weather spotters, feeding valuable information to the National Weather Service should attend. SKYWARN spotters are independent of any government agency and are not by definition “Storm Chasers.”

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To RSVP, call (607) 257-3888, or email or

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