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National Weather Service Meteorologist Talks Hurricanes, Gives Hazardous Weather Class at A&M-Kingsville March 9

KINGSVILLE - March 02, 2009

Contact: Julie Navejar
julie.navejar@tamuk.edu or 361.593.2590

Hurricane lecture at noon, SKYWARN® training at 7 p.m., all free to public

Warming temperatures bring concerns about hurricanes, thunderstorms and other troublesome weather conditions common to South Texas. To help ease the minds of locals and visitors alike, the physics and geosciences department at Texas A&M University-Kingsville is sponsoring a visit from John Metz, meteorologist for the Corpus Christi office of the National Weather Service (NWS), Monday, March 9.

At noon, Metz will give a brown bag lecture telling the basics of hurricanes, titled “Hurricanes 101,” in room 119 of Hill Hall. The public is invited to attend and bring a lunch to this free event.

Later that day, a National Weather Service SKYWARN® class will be offered in room 119 of Hill Hall. SKYWARN® is an NWS program that trains volunteers on providing the agency with timely and accurate reports of severe weather.

NWS encourages anyone with an interest in public service and access to portable communication, such as ham radio and cell phones, to join the SKYWARN® program. Volunteers include police and fire personnel, dispatchers, EMS workers, public utility workers and other concerned private citizens. Individuals affiliated with hospitals, schools, churches, nursing homes or who have a responsibility for protecting others are also encouraged to become a SKYWARN® spotter.

The SKYWARN® training class also is free to the public.

For more information, call 361-593-2622.

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