Morrison Co. SKYWARN Spotters and Spotter Wannabe’s:
TWO TRAINING SESSIONS FOR THE 2022 SEASON:
(1) In-person spotter training 2-4pm Sunday, March 6 at St. Mary’s Church in Upsala.
(2) Spotter training via ZOOM 6-8pm Friday, March 11.
The Nat’l Weather Service requires SKYWARN spotters to renew their training every 2 years and recommends annual renewal.
In mid-November the NWS in Chanhassen received approval to conduct in-person spotter training for the 2022 season. Depending on Covid-19 status, that approval may be rescinded. In that case, we will switch to ZOOM for remote training, still 2-4pm on March 6. A second training session via ZOOM is scheduled for 6-8pm Friday, March 11. The Zoom link(s) will be distributed via email. Watch for updates via emails and the Morrison Co. Record.
Consistent with St. Mary’s Church requirements, wearing masks is required. Also consistent with Church requirements, as presenter, I am excused from mask-wearing. As an extra precaution, I will conduct an at-home test 2 days prior to the in-person training event and then self-quarantine. St. Mary’s dining hall will easily accommodate social distancing.
FYI: Morrison Co. Skywarn places a high priority on spotter safety. Attached is a chart I’ve been updating daily from May 2020 to present, showing the number of daily new COVID cases for MN and Morrison & surrounding counties. It does not include at-home test positives.
Also attached is a map to St. Mary’s Church in Upsala.
Pre-registration form is at the end of this email.
This course is approved for 2 credits for continuing education. This includes licensed deputies, city officers, DNR officers, state patrol, and retired officers that are maintaining their license.
In Person Training March 6: No pre-registration required for veteran Morrison Co. Spotters but RSVPs via a reply to this email are appreciated. For new spotters to Morrison Co. please fill in the pre-registration form below and reply to this email or send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org to request pre-registration material.
ZOOM Training March 11 (and possibly March 6): Veteran Morrison Co. Spotters – please RSVP via a reply to this email. For new spotters to Morrison Co. please fill in the pre-registration form below and reply to this email or send an email to email@example.com to request pre-registration material.
ZOOM Session Numbers and Passcodes: these will be sent via email to RSVP-ers a day before the training session. If you have not already installed ZOOM software, please take a moment (5-10 minutes) before the session to do so after you receive the session #. A video camera on your computer is not necessary.
Hams: For amateur radio mobile spotters, net operations will utilize the Little Falls repeater, 147.135 MHz tone 123. Note this is a change from previous years. The Avon repeater, 147.105 tone 85.4 will be the backup repeater.
Morrison Co. needs more Skywarn Spotters, especially mobile ham operators.