LA CROSSE, Wisconsin (WXOW) – Even with high tech equipment and radars, the National Weather Service often uses amateur radio operators' assistance when severe whether is happening.
Saturday the weather service thanked these amateurs for their work as part of SKYWARN Recognition Day.
NWS said the amateurs are "storm spotters" and provide real-time reports.
The weather service often uses amateurs' information to make their radar detections and warnings more accurate.
"To me it can mean maybe life or death," said Christopher Kanable, an amateur radio operator and member of his local ARES/RACES. "If there's a ball game going on somewhere and they're thinking maybe it can rain, but lightening starts hitting off in the distance or there's been possible funnel clouds sighted, we can hear about that and pass the information on."
The weather service hosted amateur radio operators from all around the service area. They spent the day making contacts with other weather services throughout the nation.
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