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   Champaign County, IL

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 Storm Spotting

April through June is the prime tornado season in Illinois (with May the peak month), although severe thunderstorms and tornadoes can occur in any month.  CCARES members assist the Champaign County Emergency Management Agency with storm spotting in he county. Any amateur radio operator who desires to become a storm spotter in Champaign County must attend National Weather Service training (usually offered each March), and supplementary training offered by CCARES.  This supplementary training goes covers more of the communications aspect of spotting and our local severe weather net procedures.

Champaign County is in the National Weather Service Lincoln, IL (ILX) County Warning Area (CWA).


NWS Lincoln IL Spotter Talk Schedule
Spotter training talks are held throughout the NWS Lincoln CWA usually beginning in February and ending in May. The training in Champaign County is usually held in March.  Check this schedule for dates, times, and locations.

Spotter Preparation, Safety, and Communication
(CCARES supplementary training - Powerpoint).  This presentation was originally compiled by N9XDC and N9DN for the 2002 Central Illinois Severe Weather Seminar.

CCARES Severe Weather Net Procedures (PDF)
This document describes our procedures for the Severe Weather Resource/Information Nets and the Severe Weather Nets.  Updated in April 2006.

Spotter Checklist (PDF)
Getting ready for storm season?  Use this handy checklist to make sure you're ready.

Severe Weather Report Form (PDF)
Use this handy form to log and report severe weather to you local NWS office or EOC.

NWS Lincoln IL Spotter Briefing page
Convective outlooks, current watches and warnings, storm reports, and more.

NWS Basic Spotters' Field Guide (PDF)
This is the guide distributed by the NWS during it's spotter training presentations - an excellent resource with diagrams and color photos to aid in identification of storms and storm features..

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