NWS planning more SKYWARN training in 2015

2014 storm spotter training at Columbia City High School
204 people attended SKYWARN spotter training at Columbia City High School Feb. 18, 2014. (NWS photo)

The northern Indiana office of the National Weather Service preliminarily plans to conduct live SKYWARN spotter training next year in Allen County, Indiana and five of the other nine counties that make up IMO SKYWARN quadrant two, according to an email message the NWS sent to county emergency managers. The NWS expects to have an improved budget beginning next year, which would allow it to schedule annual sessions in the most populated of the 37 counties of its county warning area (including Allen County, Ind. and Allen County, Ohio) and biennial sessions in other counties. Every county that hosts a biennial session has an adjacent “partner” county that it is also hosting.

Below is a list of other quadrant-two counties (in addition to the two Allen Counties) in which NWS plans to conduct live SKYWARN training in 2015 and their 2015 “partner” counties:

2015 Host 2014 Partner(s)
Huntington Whitley
Adams Wells
Jay Blackford
Paulding Van Wert, Putnam

Of course, any interested person is welcome at any training session, regardless of where that person lives. The NWS will set exact dates for each training session later this year. The Allen County (Ind.) Office of Homeland Security plans to request the dates of the February or March ACARTS general meeting, but we don’t know yet if NWS work schedules will support those dates.

More information will appear on this blog as it becomes available.

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