Training: Reporting Severe Weather

Weather Events Although reporting criteria may vary slightly depending on the spotter network and local needs, these are the events the National Weather Service would like to know about as soon as possible: TORNADO FUNNEL CLOUD: Organized, persistent, sustained rotation WALL CLOUD: Organized, persistent, sustained rotation HAIL: Quarter size or larger – Report the largest size hailstone WIND GUSTS: 58 mph or higher – Specify estimate or measurement FLOODING: Flooding that impacts roads, homes or businesses. STORM DAMAGE: Damage to structures (roof, siding, windows, etc) Damage to […]

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Training: Is Your Community “Storm Ready?”

Having a partnership with NOAA’s “Weather-Ready Nation”, I am more inclined to look at ways to help counties, communities, and individuals become prepared and “weather ready.” Over the past couple of years, I have gone out and conducted basic weather safety classes and training to people of all ages. Recently I have decided to elevate my efforts and branch out into ensuring communities are “Storm Ready.” Some may ask what being “Storm Ready” entails. The purpose of the program is […]

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Training Video: Rotating Wall Cloud

Over the past couple of years I have submitted my video to the National Weather Service to use in their spotter training. Beginning last summer I ,also, began to go out on my own and teach civilians, public safety, and children on the ins and outs of severe weather. In this video I will outline what we are looking at and explain the key components of it. This video was shot from perfect position to illustrate where you, as a […]

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Case Study: November 17th, 2013: A Perfect Setup For Disaster

November 17th, 2013: A day that resonates with so many of us across the great state of Illinois. Typically dates that are remembered in the weather world are not ones that bring on a positive connotation. With this paper I plan on giving an overview of the event, an in depth look at the meteorology behind it, a timeline of events, and also the efforts to restore the hardest hit areas back to normalcy. This type of severe weather episode could […]

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Training: Three Keys Toward Your Safety

A key to safety is being able to understand simple, but vital, terminology in the weather community. I don’t expect everyone to know the ins and outs of weather or to even understand some of the words that seem so basic to me. I hope by running my weather services that I can get my following to understand three basic concepts. The first concept is that everyone knows what county they live in. The second is to teach people where to […]

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