SATURDAY MORNING, MARCH 28, 2015
Today: Mostly cloudy with early showers. Highs: low/mid 50’s. Winds: E @ 5 MPH. Coverage chance for precipitation: 30% early, dwindling into early afternoon.
Tonight: Clearing skies. Lows: upper 20’s to lower 30’s. Winds: E @ 5 MPH.
The News Channel 3 Weather Team
Todd, Tim, Jim & Austen
BECOME A NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE SKYWARN SPOTTER TODAY!
“NOAA’s National Weather Service (NWS) depends on support from the general public in two key programs: SKYWARN Spotters and Cooperative Observers. In both these programs, volunteers provide vital, real-time observational data. The effects of severe weather are felt almost every day by tens of thousands of Americans. To obtain critical weather information from a variety of locations, NWS and partner groups set up SKYWARN, a volunteer program with more than 230,000 trained severe weather spotters. These volunteers help keep their local communities safe by sending NWS timely and accurate reports of severe weather. SKYWARN spotters provide essential information for all types of environmental hazards, however, the main responsibility of a spotter is to report severe local storms. In an average year, the U.S. is affected by 10,000 severe thunderstorms, 5,000 floods and more than 1,000 tornadoes. Where appropriate, spotters also are trained on warning signs for earthquakes, landslides, avalanches, volcanic ashfall, and coastal hazards such as tsunamis, water spouts and rip currents. Since the program started in the 1970s, SKYWARN information, coupled with Doppler radar technology, improved satellite data and other resources, has enabled NWS to issue more timely and accurate warnings for tornadoes, severe thunderstorms and flash floods. SKYWARN storm spotters form the Nation’s first line of defense against severe weather. The efforts of these volunteers have given communities the precious gift of time–seconds and minutes that can help save lives. Who is Eligible? Anyone with access to a telephone or HAM radio can join the SKYWARN program. Spotters can also submit reports through the internet on their local NWS Forecast Office web site. Spotters include police and fire personnel, dispatchers, EMS workers, public utility workers and other citizens interested in weather. NWS encourages staff at hospitals, schools, churches, nursing homes and other key locales to become a spotter. “
EARTH HOUR IS TONIGHT @ 8:30 PM — #USEYOURPOWER
Earth Hour is an annual event held near the end of March and was founded by the World Wide Fund for Nature. The event is less focused on reducing climate change by everyone turning off their inessential lights for an hour, as this would be a little futile, but more in raising awareness for the issue world wide. More than just a lights off event, over 60 local Earth Hour campaigns achieved remarkable environmental outcomes all across the world. Earth Hour 2015 is about getting the crowd to use #YourPower to change climate change. Help spread the word! Visit earthhour.org for more information.