The 16th Annual Skywarn Recognition Day (SRD) will be held at National Weather Service offices around the nation to celebrate the contributions amateur radio operators make during severe weather. The local Springfield NWS Office will operate from 6PM to Midnight on Friday, December 5th and resume at 6AM Saturday, December 6th and conclude at 5PM, for storm spotters, amateur radio operators, and members of the interested public to visit the office, and learn about the mission of the Southwest Missouri Skywarn team. The purpose of the event is to recognize the vital public service contributions that Amateur Radio operators make during National Weather Service severe weather warning operations. It also strengthens the bond between Amateur Radio operators and the local National Weather Service.

The event is co-sponsored by ARRL and the National Weather Service.
Skywarn Recognition Day was created in 1999 by the National Weather Service and the American Radio Relay League (ARRL) to recognize the importance that amateur radio provides during severe weather. Many NWS offices acquire real-time weather information from amateur radio operators in the field. These operators, for example, may report the position of a tornado, the height of flood waters, or damaging wind speeds during hurricanes. All of this information is critical to the mission of the NWS which is to preserve life and property. The special event celebrates this special contribution by amateur radio operators.

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