Free Storm Spotter Training Class
Updated On: May 03 2013 04:00:56 PM CDT
The StormTrack 5 Weather Team and the National Weather Service invite you to become a Storm Tracker!
The National Weather Service conducts classes each spring to train people what to look for and what to report during severe weather events. The NWS is always looking for ways to get timely information about what is happening on the ground, including if a storm is producing large hail and high winds.
The StormTrack 5 Weather Team has partnered with Northeast State and the NWS in Morristown to provide a free Storm Spotter Training Class in Blountville, TN on Saturday, April 27th, 2013, from 10 a.m. until Noon.
This will mark the 2nd anniversary of the tornado outbreak in the region.
The class will be held in the Northeast State Community College WRCPA Theater. The address is 2425 Highway 75, Blountville, TN 37617. This is right next to Tri-Cities Regional Airport.
The class is free of charge. Meteorologists from the StormTrack 5 Team and the National Weather Service will be there. The class will last from 10 a.m. until Noon.
The National Weather Service relies on trained volunteers to supplement Doppler radar information on severe storms and tornadoes. Their valuable cooperation is important in the warning process. Weather reports from trained spotters are used along with Doppler radar data to issue warnings for tornadoes, severe thunderstorms, and flash floods.
Since the program started in the 1970s, the information provided by storm spotters, coupled with Doppler radar technology, improved satellite and other data, has enabled the NWS to issue more timely and accurate warnings for tornadoes, severe thunderstorms, and flash floods.
Upon successful class completion, Weather Spotters will be assigned an identification number to use when submitting reports via telephone, HAM radio, or the Internet. These volunteers help keep their local communities safe by providing timely and accurate reports of severe weather to the NWS.
Who is Eligible?
NWS encourages anyone with an interest in public service and access to communication to join the storm spotter program. Volunteers include law enforcement, fire personnel, dispatchers, emergency management, emergency medical services, public utility workers, and concerned private citizens. Individuals affiliated with hospitals, schools, churches, nursing homes or who have a responsibility for protecting others are also encouraged to become a weather spotter.
The free training is open to anyone who has an interest in severe weather and/or public service. The objective of the training is to provide the knowledge to identify and report key severe weather features and will contain video footage of recent violent tornadoes, flash floods, hailstorms, winter weather, and downbursts. All course materials are provided. Training covers:
Fundamentals of storm structure
Identifying potential severe weather features
Information to report
How to report information
Basic severe weather safety
Storm spotters are part of the ranks of citizens who form the nation's first line of defense against severe weather. There can be no finer reward than to know that their efforts have given communities the precious gift of time--seconds and minutes that can help save lives.
The News 5 weather team is pleased to partner with the National Weather Service in providing this free public service to the region.
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