Fall 2017 National Weather Service – SKYWARN® Classes & Information!

**ATTENTION: All Online Classes Now Conducted Using Join.Me**

Online SKYWARN Spotter Classes

The National Weather Service is offering several ONLINE Basic Spotter Courses and a single Advanced Spotter Course this fall. These online classes allow individuals to complete the course(s) in the comfort of their own home or office with the use of join.me, a user-friendly web-based program. By attending any course, which runs about 1.5 – 2 hours, individuals (or a group of individuals) will become SKYWARN Spotters. To see when these classes will be held, scroll down or click here. We typically host a LIVE Basic Storm Spotter Class in Elmore County in the February/March time frame of the year. To find information about when we will host this Basic Storm Spotter class, please contact at (334) 567-6451.

To attend any online course:

 Visit Join.me  

  1.  Select the green button located on the right of the webpage labeled ‘Join Meeting.’
  2.  You will then be prompted to enter a nine-digit code. The code corresponds to the time and date of the course you wish to attendScroll down to the class schedule or click here to retrieve your code.

Fall Online Courses:

There are a total of 5 Basic SKYWARN Courses: 2 afternoon sessions and 3 evening sessions + 1 Advanced SKYWARN evening session. Unless you’d like to or are in need of a refresher, you do not need to attend more than one Basic SKYWARN Course, as the material covered is the same; however, the NWS requires you to attend at least one Basic SKYWARN Course before taking the Advanced SKYWARN Course.

The only setup requirements will be speakers to listen and, if you want to ask questions, a microphone. If you’d like to attend using your tablet, a Join.me app is available for download in the Google and Apple app store. These courses are TWO-WAY, meaning you will be able to interact with the meteorologist leading the training. You will be muted while training is in-progress, and unmuted when applicable (e.g., for questions).

Though not a requirement, as a warm up to the spotter classes, NWS Birmingham would like those who plan on attending the online classes, or even our locally scheduled classes, to view the following FREE online training modules:

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The “Role of the SKYWARN® Spotter” module is used to provide baseline training for all spotters through multiple scenarios covering the procedures for spotting (including communication and storm report criteria), safety considerations for all hazards, and an overview of the national program and its history. The “SKYWARN® Spotter Convective Basics” module will guide users to a basic understanding of convective storms. Through three different scenarios, you will cover reporting and proper communication of local storm reports to the National Weather Service (NWS), personal safety during these events, and field identification of convective storm hazards. After completing the scenarios, you will be given the opportunity to practice identifying storm features from a spectrum of photos.

Graduate Storm Spotter Class (GSC)

The Graduate Spotter Class (GSC) will be held twice a year after the completion of the Basic Spotter Classes each spring and fall.  The GSC will be completed over the Internet via join.me. Follow along as one of the NWS Meteorologists delves deep into the world of Meteorology. 

Central Alabama SKYWARN Spotter Class Schedule for Fall 2017.  

Date/Time

Class / County

Location
Session Code
Enter Code at www.join.me.
Please Read Instructions Above.
Wednesday, Sept 27 @ 6:30PM
Forecaster Satterwhite
Basic Online 504-683-535
Wednesday, Oct 04 @ 1PM
Forecaster Holmes
Basic Online 337-446-995
Tuesday, Oct 17 @ 1PM
Forecaster Davis
Basic Online 710-382-215
Thursday, Oct 19 @ 6:30PM
Forecaster Davis
Basic Online 696-520-589
Tuesday, Oct 24 @ 6:30PM
Forecaster Satterwhite
Advanced Online 495-345-822
TBD means To Be Determined
Classes are ~2.0 hours long unless otherwise indicated
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All times are Central unless otherwise noted

SKYWARN Facts

SKYWARN is the National Weather Service (NWS) program of trained volunteer weather spotters.  Storm spotters come from many walks of life, including fire fighters, law enforcement, and amateur radio operators.  SKYWARN spotters coordinate with local emergency management officials and send reports of weather based phenomena to the NWS.

In addition to serving as a community’s first line of defense against dangerous storms, spotters provide important information to warning forecasters who make critical warning decisions.  SKYWARN storm spotters play a critical role of giving the NWS vital ground truth data, which helps the NWS perform its primary mission, to save lives and property.

Registration will be conducted prior to the beginning of each class.  Spotter classes are not usually held during the summer months.  Additional spotter classes may not be shown in the table above when scheduled for specific groups such as law enforcement training classes.

Spotter Information

*In Adobe PDF format, a free download.

Additional Links

Tropical Storm Warning cancelled (9-11-2017 at 10:30 p.m.)

Update on Tropical Storm Irma

Posted at 10:00 p.m. on 9-11-2017

According to the NWS Forecast Office in Birmingham, Tropical Storm Irma weakens to a Tropical Depression and the Tropical Storm Warning has been cancelled. A Wind Advisory through 4:00 a.m. tomorrow has been issued for winds of 20 to 25 mph with gusts up to 35 mph being possible. Below is the latest Hazardous Weather Outlook issued by the NWS.

Hazardous Weather Outlook

National Weather Service Birmingham AL

1024 PM CDT Mon Sep 11 2017

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This Hazardous Weather Outlook is for the counties served by the

National Weather Service office in Birmingham.

.DAY ONE…Today and Tonight.

Irma has been downgraded to a Tropical Depression, and the Tropical

Storm Warning is no longer in effect. However, gusty winds are still

possible through 4 AM Tuesday, and a Wind Advisory is now in effect

for most of Central Alabama except across the far West and Southwest.

Sustained winds of 20-25 mph with gusts up to 35 mph are possible in

the Wind Advisory area.

.DAYS TWO THROUGH SEVEN…Tuesday through Sunday.

No hazardous weather is expected at this time.

.SPOTTER INFORMATION STATEMENT…

Activation of storm spotters and emergency management is not

expected at this time.

Update on Tropical Storm Irma (9-11-2017 at 5:45 p.m.)

Update on the Tropical Storm Irma

Posted at 5:45 p.m. at 9-11-2017

According to the NWS, at this time Elmore County still has the potential to see elevated wind conditions (25 to 35 mph with gusts to 45 mph) as the core of Tropical Storm Irma moves through the area just to our east. We will remain under the Tropical Storm Warning until 1:00 a.m. Winds are expected to weaken below Tropical Storm force after 1:00 a.m. The peak time for winds to increase this evening are from 7:00 p.m. through 10:00 p.m. and then will begin to decrease through the early morning hours. A Wind Advisory may be issued for elevated winds a few hours after the Tropical Storm Warning expires.

Tomorrow winds will likely remain in the 10 to 20 mph range for a good portion of the day. Please stay prepared for the next several hours.

We will continue to post updates to our website at www.elmorecoema.com , Facebook and Twitter.

President Trump Approves Governor Ivey’s Request for Presidential Disaster Declaration

 

 

OFFICE OF GOVERNOR KAY IVEY
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: MONDAY, SEPTEMBER 11, 2017
CONTACT:
DANIEL SPARKMAN – (334) 242-7150 | Daniel.Sparkman@governor.alabama.gov

President Trump Approves Governor Ivey’s Request for Presidential Disaster Declaration

 

MONTGOMERY – President Donald J. Trump on Monday approved Governor Kay Ivey’s request for a Presidential Disaster Declaration for the State of Alabama. The President declared that an emergency exists in the State of Alabama and ordered Federal assistance to supplement existing response efforts due to emergency conditions resulting from Hurricane Irma beginning on September 8, 2017, and continuing.

Governor Ivey, during a phone call with the President Sunday, requested a Presidential Disaster Declaration to assist the State of Alabama in Hurricane Irma relief efforts.

“In a phone call on Sunday, President Donald Trump promised me that he ‘had Alabama’s back’ and in approving our request for a Presidential Disaster Declaration, the President has proven to be a man of his word,” Governor Ivey said. “He and his team are doing a tremendous job managing this disaster in several states, and I am thankful for their hard work on behalf of Alabama, and their willingness to quickly approve our request.”

The Emergency Declaration authorizes the Department of Homeland Security and Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) to coordinate all disaster relief efforts. The Federal assistance will help alleviate the tremendous task of local relief efforts. It will also provide appropriate assistance for required emergency measures authorized under title V of the Stafford Act, to save lives, protect property, and ensure public health and safety, and to lessen or avert the threat of a catastrophe in 67 counties and the Poarch Creek Indian Tribe in the State of Alabama.

FEMA is authorized to identify, mobilize and provide, at its discretion, equipment and resources necessary to alleviate the impacts of the emergency. Emergency protective measures, including direct Federal assistance, will be provided at 75 percent Federal funding.

Brock Long, Administrator, Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA), Department of Homeland Security, named Warren J. Riley as the Federal Coordinating Officer for Federal recovery operations in the affected areas.

 

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Update on Hurricane Irma (9-11-2017 at 12:00 p.m.)

As of 12:00 P.M. September 11,2017

According to the NWS Forecast Office in Birmingham, Elmore County remains under the Tropical Storm Warning. However, forecasted winds have dropped significantly for us in Elmore County. According to the NWS, at this point and under the current forecast, Elmore County will likely experience 20 to 30 mph sustained winds with gusts of 40 mph possible and 2 to 4 inches of rainfall may be experienced from the early morning hours of today through early tomorrow morning. There is no tornado threat for Elmore County forecast at this time. Currently the winds are forecasted to increase through early afternoon to the higher wind speeds and stay at this level through the early morning hours of Tuesday. This may cause some sporadic downed trees and power outages. The wind speeds are forecast to decrease in the early morning hours Tuesday. Winds will remain 10 to 20 mph with some higher gusts possible during the day on Tuesday.

Below is the latest graphic from the National Hurricane Center and a couple of additional graphic from the NWS Forecast Office in Birmingham on the areas covered by the Tropical Storm Warning and what impacts we are likely to see. Some changes to the forecast are still likely so stay tuned. We will continue to send out email updates and post the updates to our website, Facebook and Twitter. Please stay prepared!

Also, we have updated the Safer Places that are open or will be opening for these weather conditions. You can find further information on the Safer Places Program, the locations that are open and a map of all locations on our website at www.elmorecoema.com

 

 

Update on Hurricane Irma (9-11-2017 at 7:30 a.m.)

As of 7:30 A.M. September 11,2017

According to the NWS Forecast Office in Birmingham, Elmore County remains under the Tropical Storm Warning. However, forecasted winds have dropped significantly for us in Elmore County. According to the NWS, at this point and under the current forecast, Elmore County will likely experience 20 to 30 mph sustained winds with gusts of 40 mph possible and 2 to 4 inches of rainfall may be experienced from the early morning hours of today through early tomorrow morning. There is no tornado threat for Elmore County forecast at this time. Currently the winds are forecasted to increase through early afternoon to the higher wind speeds and stay at this level through the early morning hours of Tuesday. This may cause some sporadic downed trees and power outages. The wind speeds are forecast to decrease in the early morning hours Tuesday. Winds will remain 10 to 20 mph with some higher gusts possible during the day on Tuesday.

Below is the latest graphic from the National Hurricane Center and a couple of additional graphic from the NWS Forecast Office in Birmingham on the areas covered by the Tropical Storm Warning and what impacts we are likely to see. Some changes to the forecast are still likely so stay tuned. We will continue to send out email updates and post the updates to our website, Facebook and Twitter. Please stay prepared!

Also, we have updated the Safer Places that are open or will be opening for these weather conditions. You can find further information on the Safer Places Program, the locations that are open and a map of all locations on our website at www.elmorecoema.com

Update on Hurricane Irma (9-10-2017 at 6:30 p.m.)

Update on potential impacts from Hurricane Irma for Elmore County

Posted at 6:30 p.m. on 9-10-2017

According to the NWS Forecast Office in Birmingham, Elmore County remains under the Tropical Storm Warning. According to the NWS, at this point and under the current forecast, Elmore County will likely experience 20 to 40 mph sustained winds with gusts of 50 to 55 mph possible and 2 to 4 inches of rainfall may be experienced from the early morning hours of Monday through early Tuesday morning. Currently the winds are forecasted to increase tomorrow, late morning through early afternoon to the higher wind speeds and stay at this level through the early morning hours of Tuesday. This will result in some downed trees and power outages. The wind speeds are forecast to decrease in the early morning hours Tuesday. Winds will remain 15 to 20 mph with some higher gusts during the day on Tuesday.

Below is the latest graphic from the National Hurricane Center and a couple of additional graphic from the NWS Forecast Office in Birmingham on the areas covered by the Tropical Storm Warning and what impacts we are likely to see. Some changes to the forecast are still likely so stay tuned. We will continue to send out email updates and post the updates to our website, Facebook and Twitter. Please stay prepared!

Also, we have updated the Safer Places that are open or will be opening for these weather conditions. You can find further information on the Safer Places Program, the locations that are open and a map of all locations on our website at www.elmorecoema.com

 

Tropical Storm Warning issued for Elmore County ………( 12:00 Noon Update)

Update on potential impacts from Hurricane Irma for Elmore County

Posted at 12:00 noon on 9-10-2017

Elmore County is now covered by a Tropical Storm Warning as issued by the NWS Forecast Office in Birmingham. According to the NWS, at this point and under the current forecast, Elmore County will likely experience 20 to 40 mph sustained winds with gusts of 60 mph possible and 2 to 4 inches of rainfall may be experienced from early Monday through early Tuesday. Currently the sustained winds are forecast to increase tomorrow morning between 7:00 and 9:00 a.m. and will not subside until closer the early morning hours Tuesday morning.  The closer you travel east to the Alabama/Georgia state line, 40 to 50 mph sustained winds with gust of 45 to 60 mph are possible. Below is the latest Hazardous Weather Outlook from the NWS Forecast Office in Birmingham along with a couple of the updated graphics describing the threats and timing of the weather impacts expected. Also below is the latest graphic from the National Hurricane Center on the latest track on Hurricane Irma.  We will continue to send out email updates and post the updates to our website, Facebook and Twitter as the forecast is updated. Please be prepared!

Also, we have updated the Safer Places that will be opening for these weather conditions on our website for further information, please check out our website at www.elmorecoema.com