Storm Spotter News Magazine Now Available

Check out the first issue of Storm Spotter News – An online magazine for information and education for the nations’Storm Spotter

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DASCCON-1 Severe Weather Workshop and Conference

A Message from the Dixie Alley Storm Chase Team,

On Saturday July 28th, 2012 at Union University in Jackson, TN… The Dixie Alley Storm Chase Team will be hosting DASCCON-1 Severe Weather Workshop and Conference. The main focus of this event will be educating the general public on how severe weather events impact our communities. There will be two Skywarn spotter training sessions along with a Storm Chaser Car Show, vendor product demonstrations, etc. We will also have two very well known keynote speakers that will share their experiences and insights about severe weather. Our speakers will be…

Chris Chittick (
Tim Samaras (Twistex)

We are expecting a very large turnout for DASCCON-1 this Summer in Jackson, TN… And we would like to offer you an opportunity to be a part of this year’s event. Also, with the tragic news of the death of storm chaser Andy Gabrielson DASCCON-1 will be held in his honor as a tribute to his contributions to the storm chaser community. You will be able to find an event flyer and sponsor registration forms on our website at

Thank you,

Tim McNeill – The Dixie Alley Storm Chase Team

Douglas County, KS Severe Weather Symposium

For all Skywarn members in the Kansas/Missouri area, Prepare for this year’s season – join us for the Douglas County, KS Severe Weather Symposium Saturday March 10th in Lawrence.

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Ranks of storm spotters grow

By JULIE MURPHY, Staff Writer
The Daytona Beach News-Journal

BUNNELL — Trained storm spotters serve as the local eyes for the National Weather Service, and Flagler County has more of them than any other county in the state.

At the end of Monday night’s Skywarn class, the county could tout another 50 added to the number of “advanced” storm spotters, which already tops 1,000, said Bob Pickering, emergency management technician for Flagler County.

“We’re teaching you to be storm spotters and not storm chasers,” said meteorologist Angie Enyedi from the National Weather Service in Jacksonville, who taught the class. “When you start seeing S shapes, you know there is a ‘hook’ which may be the start of a (thunderstorm) watch.”

A formation on radar called “hook echo” shows the beginning of a rotation that could turn into a tornado.

Enyedi’s microburst of information covered everything from cloud formations to thunderstorm development to visual predictions.

“Warnings for thunderstorms are only issued for hail or winds of 58 mph or more,” Enyedi said. “We don’t issue warnings for lightning, because there is lightning with every storm.”

However, lightning is the cause of more deaths in the United States than tornadoes and hurricanes, she said.

“Lightning is the completion of an electrical circuit in the atmosphere,” Enyedi said. “If you are close enough to hear thunder, you are close enough to be struck by lightning.”

Lightning happens when the negative charges (electrons) in the bottom of a cloud are attracted to the positive charges (protons) in the ground, she said.

The rule is: when thunder roars, go indoors.

Advanced as technology is, Doppler Radar has a “cone of silence,” an area where it cannot detect what is happening.

“This is why we have people like you to help us,” Enyedi said.

Besides reporting actual and potential storm activity, trained storm spotters also report damage.

“Rotation may have been detected, but we don’t know if anything has actually touched down if we don’t a damage report to confirm it,” she said.

Eddie Cail, who took Monday’s class, takes a class at least once a year.

“I take the Skywarn program very seriously,” he said. “Technology is great but it’s limited. I like to have a refresher, because I only want to report accurate information.”

NWS Pittsburgh Online Winter Skywarn Webinar

Space is limited.
Reserve your Webinar seat now at:

This webinar will provide an overview of what weather information to report to the National Weather Service in Pittsburgh

Title: NWS Pittsburgh Online Winter Skywarn
Date: Thursday, December 15, 2011
Time: 7:00PM – 8:00 PM EST

After registering you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the Webinar.

Basic & Advanced Spotter Classes

City: New Albany, Mississippi
Date: 02-08-2011
Start Time: 18:00
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Advanced Spotter Class

City: Marianna, Arizona
Date: 01-26-2011
Start Time: 18:30
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Basic and Advanced Spotter Class

City: Fulton, Mississippi
Date: 01-25-2011
Start Time: 18:00
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South Dakota Storm Produces Record Hailstone

NOAA’s National Climate Extremes Committee, responsible for validating national weather records, has declared a hailstone found last week in Vivian, S.D., to be the largest in diameter and heaviest ever recovered in the United States.

Found after a July 23, 2010, severe thunderstorm by Vivian resident Les Scott, the hailstone is 8.0 inches in diameter and weighs 1.9375 pounds (1 pound, 15 ounces) with a circumference of 18.62 inches.

These measurements displace the previous hailstone record for weight, previously 1.67 pounds for a stone in Coffeyville, Kan., in 1970. They also surpass the record for diameter, which was 7 inches for a hailstone found in Aurora, Neb., in 2003. The Aurora hailstone still holds the record for circumference of 18.75 inches.

“I’m just glad nobody got hurt and hope the town will recover soon,” Scott said.

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NOAA Still Expects Active Atlantic Hurricane Season

August 5, 2010

The Atlantic Basin remains on track for an active hurricane season, according to the scheduled seasonal outlook update issued today by NOAA’s Climate Prediction Center, a division of the National Weather Service. With the season’s peak just around the corner – late August through October – the need for preparedness plans is essential.

NOAA also announced today that, as predicted last spring, La Niña has formed in the tropical Pacific Ocean. This favors lower wind shear over the Atlantic Basin, allowing storm clouds to grow and organize. Other climate factors pointing to an active hurricane season are warmer-than-average water in the tropical Atlantic and Caribbean, and the tropical multi-decadal signal, which since 1995 has brought favorable ocean and atmospheric conditions in unison, leading to more active seasons.

“August heralds the start of the most active phase of the Atlantic hurricane season and with the meteorological factors in place, now is the time for everyone living in hurricane prone areas to be prepared,” said Jane Lubchenco, Ph.D., under secretary of commerce for oceans and atmosphere and NOAA administrator.

Across the entire Atlantic Basin for the whole season – June 1 to November 30 – NOAA’s updated outlook is projecting, with a 70 percent probability, a total of (including Alex, Bonnie and Colin):

  • 14 to 20 Named Storms (top winds of 39 mph or higher), including:
  • 8 to 12 Hurricanes (top winds of 74 mph or higher), of which:
  • 4 to 6 could be Major Hurricanes (Category 3, 4 or 5; winds of at least 111 mph)

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