Chattanooga Amateur Radio Club To Host SKYWARN Storm Spotter Training Class

Wednesday, January 22, 2014

The Chattanooga Amateur Radio Club in cooperation with the National Weather Service is hosting the SKYWARN Storm Spotter Training class. This is the Basic Spotter class that is presented by NWS personnel to train individuals to be able to spot signs of severe weather and report timely, accurate reports back to the Morristown Weather Forecast Office. These reports are used to help issue more timely and accurate warnings of tornadoes, severe thunderstorms, and flash floods, said officials.

With today's forecasting and radar technology, the NWS still relies on volunteers in the field to give a first hand account of what is happening in real time. This information is used not only to verify what the Forecast Office is seeing, but also to improve the way warnings are issued and collect data that will help with future forecasting.  

SKYWARN is a nationwide network of volunteer storm spotters trained by the National Weather Service. This network helps the NWS achieve its main mission of protecting lives and property of the area it serves. Reports from trained spotters are considered highly credible due to the training received. The partnership of the NWS and Amateur Radio operators has a long history but you do not have to be a Amateur Radio operator to be a member of SKYWARN. Anyone with an interest in weather or public service is needed in the SKYWARN program. Everyone is invited to become a member of SKYWARN no matter what their occupation.

The next training class will be held Feb. 7 at the Memorial Hospital Community Room, 2525 Desales Ave., at 6 p.m.  

This class is open to all Amateur Radio operators and the general public. The class will be around two hours in length with the CARC meeting to follow right after. All are welcome to stay for the CARC meeting. This program is free to all and at the completion of the training, and they will be issued a spotter identification number to use when giving any reports.  

For more information on the Chattanooga Amateur Radio Club, SKYWARN, or the SKYWARN training class, please contact: Brian Simms at 280-1238 or email PIC@W4AM.org.


Perry Perkins Endorsed By Chattanooga Fire Fighters

The Chattanooga Fire Fighters Association Local 820 has publicly endorsed Perry Perkins for County Commission District 7 in the Republican primary election.  "The Chattanooga Fire Fighters Association is pleased to announce our endorsement of Perry Perkins," said Jack Thompson, president of the Chattanooga Fire Fighters Association. "Perry's community service and experience ... (click for more)

Huey And Cobra Rides Delayed

Due to inclement weather in Atlanta the Huey and Cobra Rides being hosted by the Hixson Flight Museum will be delayed until Sunday at 1 p.m. There will be military vehicle and cockpit tours on Saturday. The rides will take place at the Hixson airport (Dallas Bay Skypark) 1824 E Crabtree Road.  The Museum of Flight provides tours and gives airplane rides in the vintage ... (click for more)

Bus Driver Will Not Face Charges In Tragic Bus Accident

Sergeant Tommy Sturdivan announced in a Friday afternoon press conference that the investigation into the death of six-year-old Zackery Bryant at Chattanooga Valley Elementary has been officially declared complete and that there will be no criminal charges. Zackery died tragically on Monday morning after being hit by a school bus after stepping off. According to Sgt. Sturdivan, ... (click for more)

Soddy Daisy May Begin Effort To Allow Wine In Grocery Stores; Concussion Forms Required For Sporting Events; WWTA Chided For Causing Potholes

The Soddy-Daisy Commission is considering taking steps to allow wine in grocery stores now that Tennessee state lawmakers have voted to lift restrictions. To have the law appear on the next ballot for a vote, Mayor Janice Cagle said a petition with an amount of signatures totaling 10 percent of the number of voters in the last general election will have to be collected. Commissioner ... (click for more)

State Moving Forward In Educational Improvements

The State Collaborative on Reforming Education released the following statement from President and CEO Jamie Woodson regarding the 2014 legislative session in Tennessee and HB1549/SB1835, which passed the General Assembly Thursday: After a year of extensive public and legislative conversation regarding higher academic standards and related strategies to improve student learning, ... (click for more)

Roy Exum: Some Really Funny Tweets

I am not on Twitter so I don’t tweet. Difficulties with my right hand don’t even allow me to text and when you blend in the fact I am now a bonafide senior citizen, it is ample reason for me to live a life where I am lacking in what otherwise might be achieved through social networking. Twitter has done real well without me. It is one of the 10 most visited websites in the world; ... (click for more)