SkyWarn Weather Basics Class To Be Held In Pendleton County

Do you have an interest in weather? Would you like to be able to help your local National Weather Service office by providing the ground conditions relating to the atmosphere that they observe from radar, satellites and various reporting stations? If you answered yes, then you should consider attending the SKYWARN® program Basic course being held in Franklin, West Virginia on Friday, April 5th, from 6:30 – 8:30 pm.

Attendees to the course will be trained by National Weather Service personnel to recognize features associated with developing, mature, and dissipating thunderstorms which cause hazardous weather such as lightning, flooding, hail, tornadoes and downbursts. The attendees will also learn basics about winter weather and tropical hazards.

At the end of the course, graduates will be assigned a SKYWARN® spotter number which will be maintained in the official database at the National Weather Service in Sterling. They will also be directed how to report this vital weather information. The course is also a good refresher for those who have attended in the past.

This SKYWARN® Spotter Class is offered free of charge from the combined efforts of the local National Weather Service Forecast Office and Pendleton County Office of Emergency Management. An NWS meteorologist will teach the class and provide related materials. It will be held at the Franklin Community Building at 335 Mill Road, and registration is required to attend the class. For more information and registration, visit, and search for events happening in Franklin, WV. The direct link –

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Scott Smith

Scott Smith is the General Manager for Allegheny Mountain Radio and Station Coordinator and News Reporter for WVLS. Scott’s family has deep roots in Highland County. While he did not grow up here, he spent as much time as possible on the family farm, and eventually moved to Highland to continue the tradition, which he still pursues with his cousin. Unfortunately, farming doesn’t pay all the bills, so he has previously taken other jobs to support his farming hobby, including pressman/writer for The Recorder, and Ag Projects Coordinator for The Highland Center. He lives in Hightown with wife Michelle and son Ethan. In his spare time, he wishes he had more spare time, especially to ride his prized Harley-Davidson motorcycle.

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