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NWS holding spotter class

Published 9:34am Thursday, April 3, 2014

The snow isn’t completely bones, but it’s time to start preparing for severe thunderstorms.

The National Weather Service will hold a SKYWARN Severe Weather Spotter Training class at 6:30 p.m. April 10 at Crane Community Church, 1111 Ninth Street NE.

The class will last about two hours and includes a multimedia presentation. Training is intended for storm spotters or potential storm spotters, but is open to the public and free of charge. The class will include a review of tornadoes from 2011 and 2013.

The weather service relies heavily on storm reports from spotters, which can include sheriff’s departments, local emergency management officials, police and fire departments, amateur radio operators, or anyone else that has attended spotter training.

“Accurate and timely reports of severe weather, by trained individuals, not only helps our office, but can save lives in the local community. We always need more eyes to the sky,” said Todd Shea, warning coordination meteorologist with the weather service in La Crosse, Wis..

Shea organizes the training each year and encourages large groups and active volunteers.

For more details, contact Mower County Emergency Management or view the training schedule at: www.weather.gov/lacrosse/?n=skywarn_schedule.


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