From the desk of Tim Pridemore, Emergency Management Specialisttornado2:

The good news is, from today, January 6, 2015, it is only seventy-three days till Spring!  That is seventy-three days (and yes, it can still snow after the first day of Spring) for us to watch the Winter weather.

The bad news is, April 1 starts the peak season for tornadoes.  And yes, the Scenic City does have tornadoes.  As well as thunderstorms, hail storms, and flooding.  If you want to know more about all of these, here is your chance.

As part of our annual preparation for severe weather UT Chattanooga will again be hosting the National Weather Service SKYWARN© class.  What is SKYWARN©?  It is a volunteer program with nearly 290,000 trained severe weather spotters nationwide. These volunteers help keep their local communities safe by providing timely and accurate reports of severe weather to the National Weather Service.

In the past three years, UTC has hosted this training for nearly 200 people.  In times of severe weather, these individuals provide real-time information on what is happening throughout the area.  You can be a part of this effort.

When:  Thursday, February 12th, 1:30 to 3:30
Where: University Center, Lookout Mountain Room
Audience:  This is open to all UTC students, faculty, staff, family, and the public.  (Minimum age: 12)

Registration:  This class is free but we do ask that you RSVP to  We also ask that each individual send their own RSVP so that we can keep an accurate count of registrations.





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