US AND OUR MISSION:
The Milwaukee Area
Skywarn Association (MASA) [pronounced "May-sah"], established in 1992,
and incorporated in 1995 is a Wisconsin registered non-profit and I-R-S
501(c)3 tax exempt corporation operated for charitable, educational, and
scientific purposes. Our mission is to lessen the burden of the National
Weather Service (NWS) essential severe weather training and SKYWARN
programs. To do this MASA has established a
long and strong working relationship with the NWS by providing on-going severe weather awareness and
training to all interested parties.
SKYWARN is a nation wide NWS program of volunteer “storm spotters” who are trained to
Identify, Evaluate, and Report severe weather events.These volunteers come from all walks of life, but are frequently
fire or police personnel, emergency response groups, ham radio operators,
and concerned citizens. A keen interest in weather and community service is a common bond. They support their local communities and
governments by providing the NWS with ground-truth reports in real time of tornadoes, large hail, property
damage, flooding, snow fall amounts, etc. These storm spotter reports assist meteorologists to correlate Doppler radar data to issue the
appropriate statements and warnings in a more timely manor. Thus protecting life and property.
Storm reports a typically relayed to the NWS by 800 telephone, 9-1-1 centers, on-line reporting, Facebook, Twitter, and amateur (ham) radio channels.
The Skywarn program was originally developed by the NWS after the 1965 Palm Sunday tornado outbreak (271 killed, 1500 injured). As of January
2013 there are and estimated 350,000 volunteers nation wide and some 150 Skywarn
groups that partner with the NWS. Milwaukee Skywarn represents a local element of the national program.
copied from www.mke-skywarn.org
Needless to say, we cannot provide these community services functions without the continued support of concerned
individuals and committed business leaders like yourself. Please review our
Donation Wish List.
Our E-mail address is: masa (at) execpc.com.
This page is copyright 2008-2015 by MASA Inc., duplication is forbidden.
WHO: Milwaukee Area Skywarn Association, Inc.
WHAT: provides severe weather awareness and storm spotter training via
public speaking programs, educational multimedia seminars, handouts,
newsletters, fliers, two-way radio, social networking sites
(Twitter, Facebook, MySpace, YouTube), and local, regional, or national E-mail lists.
AFFILIATION: Recognized and supported by
Milwaukee-Sullivan NWS Office.
WHERE: Milwaukee based. Main outreach to south-central &
WHEN: Established in 1992, incorporated 1995.
WHY: Lessen the burden of the Milwaukee/Sullivan National Weather
AUDIENCE: Weather sensitive emergency response personnel, storm
spotters/chasers, weather watchers.
STAFF: All volunteer.
STATUS: Wisconsin registered nonprofit
corporation, 501c3 IRS tax exempt, annual IRS 990 form.
FUNDING: Donations and contributions.
LOGO: The Skywarn logo is registered with the Department of Commerce and is
used with permission.
Skip Voros - President and Executive
Director, and Public Information Officer. Available for telephone interviews,
appearances, storm damage photos, storm safety assessments.
masa (at) execpc.com 414 475-6200.
Rick Swierczynski -
Vice President and Associate Director,
Programs Coordinator. Available for telephone interviews, appearances, storm
damage photos, storm safety assessments. masa (at) execpc.com 414 327-5504.
Alan Wohlferd - Wisconsin
Emergency Management, Warning/communications Mgr (retired).
Barry Mitchell - Milwaukee County Emergency Management.
Jansen - Milwaukee County Amateur Radio Emergency Services,
Ben Schliesman - Wisconsin Emergency Management, Southeast WI
Dale Bernstein - President
Midwest Severe Storm Trackers, Madison Wi.
David Maack - Racine County Emergency Management, Director.
Dr. Joseph T. Schaefer - Storm Prediction Center (SPC), Norman
Oklahoma, past Director (retired)
Doug Raflik - Veteran Storm Chaser & Photographer, Waupun WI.
Dr. Mary Ann Cooper - Lightning Injury Research Expert, UIC,
Director, and Assoc. Professor of Emergency Medicine
George Kasica - Johnson Controls System Administrator, Certified Weather forecaster,
MASA I-T Director.
Jeff Last - National Weather
Service, Green Bay WI,
Warning Coordination Meteorologist.
Mark Baden - WISN-TV 12 Milwaukee, Chief Meteorologist.
Paul Janowski - Radio Communications Specialist, Milwaukee Police Department.
Rusty Kapela - National Weather Service, Milwaukee/Sullivan WI, Warning Coordination Meteorologist (retired).
Russell Spahn- Greenfield WI Fire Department, Fire Chief.(retired)
Scott Weberpal - Graphics Information Specialist, City of Whitewater WI. Photographer, Expert Storm Chaser and Tour Guide.
Steve Mirsky - Chief Meteorologist/Manager, Weather Command/Murray & Trettel.
Tim Halbach - National Weather Service, Milwaukee-Sullivan WI, Warning Coordination Meteorologist.
Todd Shea - National Weather Service, La Crosse WI, Warning Coordination Meteorologist.
Tom Purdy - Veteran Storm Chaser and Photographer (Janesville WI)
Tony Casciato - Senior Certified Electronic Technician, MASA Radio Systems.
Banner photo courtesy of G. Bargholz.
MASA Inc (c) August 2015