Monday, September 8, 2008

Learn to read the stormy skies

Tracy Panus, who becomes a reluctant media star every time all hell criminal breaks loose in St. Louis County, sends the following message from the County cops:

The St. Louis County Police Department and Office of Emergency Management are proud to offer "SKYWARN" Severe Weather Observer Training to all citizens interested in severe weather recognition, reporting, and safety. These seminars teach severe weather safety, how to recognize potentially severe weather, and how to report accurately the conditions you are observing.

SKYWARN Level 1 training is offered from 9:00 AM to 12 Noon, with Level 2 training available from 1:00 to 4:00 PM. The training will be held on Saturdays, at the following locations:

* September 13, Affton White-Rodgers Community Center, 9801 Mackenzie Road (prior registration not required and the class is free)

* September 20, St. Louis Community College at Florissant Valley (call the college at 314-513-4444 to register; the class is free).
Everyone is welcome, and you need not attend all classes. Certification will be issued to those completing each class. Level 1 is the basic class required for all observers with additional information and training provided in the optional Level 2 seminar.

Amateur radio classes are also offered, beginning in September - call or write for additional information on becoming a licensed "ham radio" operator. Amateur radio operators who participate in the training become participants of the Radio Amateur Civilian Radio Service, the County Police-sponsored emergency services amateur radio assistance network.

The contact person is Michael Redman at 314-615-5362 or MRedman [@]


Stormy weather from a meteorites blog hosted by the Natural History Museum in London.

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