I'm part of the SKYWARN/Colorado All-Season Spotter Team now. The training was pretty easy and just one evening. Kinda cool. Of course when that Mother's Day snow storm hit Aurora with 8 inches I totally forgot to report the tree damage so I failed my first test.From the Skywarn website:
The effects of severe weather are felt every year by many Americans. To obtain critical weather information, NOAA’s National Weather Service (NWS), part of the U.S. Department of Commerce, established SKYWARN® with partner organizations. SKYWARN® is a volunteer program with nearly 290,000 trained severe weather spotters. These volunteers help keep their local communities safe by providing timely and accurate reports of severe weather to the National Weather Service.
Although SKYWARN® spotters provide essential information for all types of weather hazards, the main responsibility of a SKYWARN® spotter is to identify and describe severe local storms. In the average year, 10,000 severe thunderstorms, 5,000 floods and more than 1,000 tornadoes occur across the United States. These events threatened lives and property.
Since the program started in the 1970s, the information provided by SKYWARN® spotters, coupled with Doppler radar technology, improved satellite and other data, has enabled NWS to issue more timely and accurate warnings for tornadoes, severe thunderstorms and flash floods.
SKYWARN® storm spotters are part of the ranks of citizens who form the Nation’s first line of defense against severe weather. There can be no finer reward than to know that their efforts have given communities the precious gift of time–seconds and minutes that can help save lives.
IDPA has two new divisions, CCP (Concealed Carry Pistol) and BUG (Backup Gun). This is convenient for me since I've always competed with small pistols at a disadvantage against the larger ones in SSP (Stock Service Pistol). This year I classified Sharpshooter with the Glock 23 in the CCP division. Not that I have an impressive competetive resume but I updated my IDPA profile page for the heck of it.
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