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    NWS Says 14 Localities Are Storm-Ready

    POSTED: 11:58 am EDT August 6, 2007

    RICHMOND, Va. -- The National Weather Service has deemed 14 spots in Virginia as "StormReady" meaning each place is equipped to quickly get the word out to residents about dangerous weather, and help the communities prepare for emergencies.

    Richmond is the latest to be added to the list of localities which includes the cities of Chesapeake, Colonial Heights, Danville, Hampton, Newport News and Virginia Beach; and the counties of Campbell, Fairfax, Gloucester, Greene, Loudoun and Prince William.

    Norfolk is the only locality in Virginia considered both StormReady and TsunamiReady, which means Norfolk has a plan for getting people into buildings that can withstand a powerful storm surge.

    Norfolk emergency management coordinator Ronald Keys said he likes the program's emphasis on training residents to be storm spotters for the city.

    However meteorologist Tony Siebers at the weather service's Wakefield office said most localities don't meet the criteria for the StormReady designation.

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    Quote Originally Posted by MalahatTwo7 View Post

    Norfolk emergency management coordinator Ronald Keys said he likes the program's emphasis on training residents to be storm spotters for the city.
    What exactly is a "Storm Spotter"? Do they stand out on the beach with binoculars looking for clouds? Isn't that what the SuperMega-Dopler 6000 the TV news hypes up is for?

    Wouldn't the city be safer if its citizens were seeking safe shelter rather then out "Spotting" the storm?
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    Quote Originally Posted by voyager9 View Post
    What exactly is a "Storm Spotter"? Do they stand out on the beach with binoculars looking for clouds? Isn't that what the SuperMega-Dopler 6000 the TV news hypes up is for?

    Wouldn't the city be safer if its citizens were seeking safe shelter rather then out "Spotting" the storm?
    Got me chum. Which works better? A multi-million dollar radar system or a $75.00 pair of Bushnells sitt'n on a deck chair with cooler full of beer and a bag of pretzles?? You be the Judge.
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    The traditional use of storm spotters is for isolated severe weather. Things like severe thunderstorms and Tornadoes. These events are isolated, fast moving, and the only really accurate way to report their conditions is with spotters on the ground. Spotters can make the difference between adequate warning and little to no warning.

    The only thing spotters are going to be useful for in a hurricane situation is updating the ground conditions periodically. This is more of an informational update rather than real-time urgent information like the aforementioned situation. They are long drawn out events and their effects are widespread. We know in advance what will happen, where it will happen, and when.
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    The Storm Ready program is used to measure a community's readiness and ability to recieve information in the event of a severe weather incident. NOAA has more information on the Storm Ready program here.

    There's various requirements that are beneficial for more than just tornadoes and floods. Spotters are only part of the equation, and not much of a part.

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    Quote Originally Posted by voyager9 View Post
    What exactly is a "Storm Spotter"? Do they stand out on the beach with binoculars looking for clouds? Isn't that what the SuperMega-Dopler 6000 the TV news hypes up is for?
    Radar can tell you what's happening at the mid-level altitudes and up but it can't replace firsthand reports of "ground truth". Even the most advanced forecasting models still need weather condition reports from trained observers on the ground.

    What is SKYWARN?
    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 280,000 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.

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    More at http://www.weather.gov/skywarn/
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    What do everyone do in the FDs to be "Storm Ready"? Most of this seems to be more community oriented than emergency services.
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    Quote Originally Posted by hwoods View Post
    Hey Rick! If a Hurricane approaches, should we head for Norfolk??......
    Sounds like a plan. You get the potato chips and pretzles, I'll grab the beer & soda. Meet ya in the middle somewhere.
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