NWS SKYWARN

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Link to Resource: https://www.weather.gov/skywarn/
Resource Type:Location-based Outreach Programs; Outreach Programs
Grade Level:
K 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12
Language:English
Organization:National Weather Service (NWS)
Summary:The effects of severe weather are felt every year by many Americans. To obtain critical weather information, NOAA's National Weather Service (NWS), part of the U.S. Department of Commerce, established SKYWARN® with partner organizations. SKYWARN® is a volunteer program with between 350,000 and 400,000 trained severe weather spotters. These volunteers help keep their local communities safe by providing timely and accurate reports of severe weather to the National Weather Service. NWS encourages anyone with an interest in public service and access to communication, such HAM radio, 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 spotter.
NGSS Discplinary Core Ideas:ESS2.D; ESS3.B
NGSS Performance Expectations:3-ESS2-2; 3-ESS3-1; 4-ESS3-2; HS-ESS2-2; HS-ESS2-4; HS-ESS2-6; HS-ESS2-7; HS-ESS3-1; K-ESS2-1; K-ESS3-2; MS-ESS2-5; MS-ESS2-6; MS-ESS3-2
NGSS Science and Engineering Practices:Analyzing and interpreting data; Asking questions (for science) and defining problems (for engineering); Constructing explanations (for science) and designing solutions (for engineering); Developing and using models; Engaging in argument from evidence; Obtaining, evaluating, and communicating information; Planning and carrying out investigations
NGSS Crosscutting Concepts:Cause and effect: Mechanism and explanation; Patterns; Stability and change; Systems and system models
Subjects: citizen science; k-5 geosource; noaa; nws; severe weather; weather hazards
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