SKYWARN Program Is Tonight In Fairfield

The National Weather Service (NWS) office in Fort Worth, as part of its area-wide weather preparedness campaign, is presenting the SKYWARN severe weather program on Thursday, January 23rd, at Fairfield High School.

Freestone County Emergency Management and the National Weather Service have come together to bring this program to Freestone County.

Tornadoes claimed the lives of six people in Granbury and damaged the Rancho Brazos Subdivision when an EF-4 tornado roared through the area. These were the first tornado fatalities since the Anna-Westminster tornado of May 9, 2006.

The program for 2014 will cover thunderstorm formation, ingredients, and features associated with severe storms.

The presentation will consist of a review of tornado formation and behavior, and will give some reasons why some storms produce tornadoes and some don?t.

In addition there will be discussion, in the two-hour program, non-threatening clues that may be mistaken for significant features, spotter operations and reporting procedures.

?Once again, we have plenty of new material for the training session,? said Mark Fox, Warning Coordination Meteorologist at the Fort Worth National Weather Service Office. We will be showing the 2013 storms in detail highlighting the subtle, yet important features.?

The purpose of the spotter training and of the storm spotter network remains unchanged. ?Weather Radar is a great tool, but it only tells part of the storm?s story.?

This program is free and open to the public with no early registration necessary. The Freestone County severe weather program is on of over 60 training sessions that the Fort Worth NWS office will conduct between January and March 2014.the National Weather Service in Fort Worth provides forecasts, warnings, and weather services for 46 counties in north and north-central Texas. Visit the website at http.//www.weather.gov/fortworth, on facebook at http.//www.facebook.com/US.NationalWeatherService.fortWorth.gov and on twitter at @NWSFortWorth.

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