As you may (or may not) know, I'm a fan of severe weather. Yeah, sunny days are nice, but there's nothing like watching a summer storm roll in. Today I was joined along with over 500 other individuals for the yearly Skywarn renewal training class. It's a pretty broad class covering items that the National Weather Service Office in Cleveland, OH wants reported during severe weather outbreaks (damaging wind, flash flooding, hail, snowfall, etc).
Along with normal means of communication (phone, Internet, cellular, etc) once a severe weather warning has been issued, the Toledo area (Skywarn District 1) Ham-Radio repeater network is activated and Ham Radio operators begin assisting the National Weather Service in tracking and reporting the storm. This along with other measure give us direct access to meteorologits in Cleveland, OH so we can report potential life and property threatening weather.
You can obtain more information about Skywarn by visiting www.skywarn.org