Who we are
The chase and spotting team was formed officially in March of 2013. Members have had many years experience serving as spotters. We are a group of storm spotters that serve as primary observers for the city of Levelland, the communities within Hockley county and the National Weather Service in Lubbock, Texas. Radar line of sight can not go low enough to see details under certain altitudes. Our eyes on the sky reports are reported to public safety and NWS in order to give all agencies concerned a better overview of weather conditions. This in turn allows for a better informed and thus prepared public.
Our interest has grown and we now are launching off into a new aspect. One of chasing (safely...we might add!) storms in the area and outside of our primary area. We operate within our primary if a system threatens, however when the skies are clear and no threats exist in our immediate area, we will venture elsewhere. We are volunteers, and do this to serve.
|Picture courtesy of Fire Angel Photography|
We are not a typical group as we formed with a specific set of purposes. Our team is comprised of retired and active law enforcement, military, firefighters, paramedic and EMTs. Other career contributions include education and communications. Not everyone is an amateur radio operator, although that is strongly encouraged. At present, we are composed of 10 members.
Team members undergo annual Skywarn training and have taken advanced Skywarn training. All team members have taken the ICS 100, ICS 200, ICS 700 and ICS 800 FEMA courses. Some members have taken many other courses including ICS 300 and ICS 400. As one of our capabilities includes first aid, all members have taken first aid courses and are qualified to perform CPR.