SKYWARN® Operations Plan and Standard Operating Procedures

The purpose of the SKYWARN® program in Pinellas County Florida is to provide the National Weather Service (NWS) Forecast Office at Tampa Bay with timely and accurate reports of severe weather phenomena so that a timely warning can be issued to the public of dangerous weather conditions that include tornadoes, hail, flooding, and damaging thunderstorm winds.

This document defines the Pinellas County ACS/ARES® SKYWARN® Operations Plan and Standard Operating Procedures used by all members of Pinellas County SKYWARN® during training exercises and activation events. The document defines the organizational structure of Pinellas County SKYWARN®, the detailed steps required by SKYWARN® members to activate and deactivate SKYWARN®, and the procedures used to identify and report severe weather events. A detailed description of SKYWARN® networks, frequencies, modes, and contingency plans are also included.

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