Why Be Trained as a Weather Spotter?
In 2009, 44 tornadoes were reported to officials across Colorado, with nearly 700 reports of hail, severe wind and flash floods. In 2008 a large and damaging tornado raced through Weld County and the town of Windsor. For thunderstorm hazards including tornadoes, flash floods, large hail and damaging winds, the National Weather Service offices will post warning information on their websites and alarm NOAA Weather All Hazards Radio with new warnings. You can help get the word out.
There are over two dozen NOAA Weather Radio transmitters broadcasting weather forecast and warning information in Colorado. In addition, warnings will be transmitted from Weather Radio via the Emergency Alert System to commercial radio, television and cable television.
The National Weather Service has a website with a map showing all watches, warnings and advisories in the United States at http://www.weather.gov One click on the map will take you to a local National Weather Service website, where warnings and local forecasts are available. Public information statements issued during Severe Weather Awareness Week will also be posted.
To learn more about Colorado thunderstorms, tornadoes, watches and warnings, attend a National Weather Service Skywarn spotter training. The schedules for the training are located on the National Weather Service websites at: