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Brian Smith on History of Skywarn and Storm Spotting

The history of Skywarn and Storm Spotting in the U.S.

Brian Smith, Warning Coordination Meteorologist, NWS-Omaha

Trained spotters form the backbone of the country’s tornado and severe weather warning system. They provide invaluable, indispensible ground-based observations of incoming severe weather, supplementing and adding value to Doppler radar observations and model forecasts of developing and potentially devastating/deadly severe weather outbreaks. How did the U.S. severe weather spotting and reporting network come into being? Brian Smith explains in his presentation.

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