FREE Storm Spotter Training Tuesday 4/10/18

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Want to learn more about severe weather and how to report it accurately? The NWS is hosting a FREE Skywarn Spotter class on Tuesday, April 10th at 6pm in Lee County. The class will be held at the Lee County Rescue Squad building in Pennington Gap, VA located at 316 Kentucky St, Pennington Gap, VA 24277.

SKYWARN is a National Weather Service (NWS) program developed in the 1960s that consists of trained weather spotters who provide reports of severe and hazardous weather to help meteorologists make life-saving warning decisions. Spotters are concerned citizens, amateur radio operators, truck drivers, mariners, airplane pilots, emergency management personnel, and public safety officials who volunteer their time and energy to report on hazardous weather impacting their community.

SKYWARN spotter reports provide vital “ground truth” to the NWS. While radar is great for identifying storms, in our area, it can't see everything. Radar often sees a storm around 2,000-4,000 ft in the atmosphere. A lot of weather, including tornadoes can happen below that. Meteorologists need spotters to report tornadoes and wall clouds to confirm what they're seeing on radar.

Classes are FREE and last about 2 hours. If you are unable to attend an in-person class, you may also take online spotter classes from MetEd: Skywarn Spotter Training. There are two courses within this module: Role of the Skywarn Spotter and Skywarn Spotter Convective Basics.

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