The Farmington Hills/Farmington Emergency Preparedness Commission (EPC) will present a FREE SKYWARN training program on Thursday, April 21 from 7 to 9 p.m. at the:

Costick Center
28600 Eleven Mile Road, Gate 5
Farmington Hills, MI 48336
between Middlebelt and Inkster

SKYWARN is a volunteer program developed in the early 1970s as a cooperative effort between the National Weather Service and local emergency management representatives. There are now nearly 290,000 trained weather spotters across the country who provide reports of severe weather to the National Weather Service (NWS) and help keep their communities safe.

The main responsibility of a SKYWARN spotter is to identify and describe severe local storms. Information provided by SKYWARN spotters has enabled the NWS to issue more timely and accurate warnings for tornadoes, severe thunderstorms, and flash floods. Participants at the training session will learn:

Basics of thunderstorm development

Fundamentals of storm structure

Identifying potential severe weather features

What information to report

How to report information

Basic severe weather safety

The SKYWARN training program will be hosted by Warning Coordination Meteorologist Richard Pollman of the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administrations Detroit Weather Forecast Office in White Lake, Michigan. Advance registration is required. 1 year certification will be given out at end of meeting For more information or to register, call the Costick Center at 248-473-1800.