Storm spotter training offered at airport

The National Weather Service in Milwaukee/Sullivan will offer free storm spotter training Monday, April 4, 6:30 p.m. at the Aviation Heritage Center Hangar in Sheboygan Falls, N6191 Resource Dr. Everyone is invited to attend this two-hour training session with the focus being on law enforcement, fire departments, emergency personnel, and anyone else that have an interest in weather and serving their communities.

Storm spotters are an important part of how the National Weather Service issues tornado and severe thunderstorm warnings. They provide the ground truth to what is happening when thunderstorms move through where Doppler radar can only tell the meteorologists what is happening above the ground. The most valuable reports that spotters give to the National Weather Service are the reports that come in real time, as the storm is ongoing. If the National Weather Service gets reports of a tornado, they update the warning to say that someone has viewed this tornado. The public is much more likely to seek shelter from a tornado if someone has seen the tornado as opposed to the warning saying that Doppler radar is showing rotation.

The spotter classes cover how to gather information on a daily basis about whether there will be storms, when to go out and observe severe weather, what can you report to the National Weather Service and, finally, how to report to the National Weather Service.

For a full list of spotter talk locations, please visit: http://www.weather.gov/mkx/spotter-schedule.

For further information, please contact Tim Halbach at timothy.j.halbach@noaa.gov.


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