NWS to Hold Storm Spotter Training Course Thursday

By: METEOROLOGIST MARK HENDERSON
By: METEOROLOGIST MARK HENDERSON

The unseasonable warmth and growing humidities have thunderstorms, especially severe thunderstorms on the minds of many! Already in 2012, there've been significant tornadoes in Illinois, Indiana, Missouri, Ohio, and Michigan, just to name a few states! It's only a matter of time until severe weather is to threaten the Stateline, so it's important to be prepared.

One of the ways we're best able to get the word out to our viewers about impending severe weather is from the valuable information we receive from a network of storm spotters! Have you ever thought about becoming a storm spotter for the National Weather Service?

This Thursday, several members of the National Weather Service Forecast Office in Chicago/Romeoville will be in town conducting a storm spotter training course! Hundreds, if not thousands, have participated over the years, and many make an appointment to come every year!

The course is designed to give attendees the knowledge of what to look for in a thunderstorm, how to identify certain cloud structures, and what to report vs. what not to report, among other things! If nothing else, it's a positively fascinating couple hours, and you'll see pictures and video that will make your jaw drop!

The course, as always, is free and open to everyone! It's important to note, though, that this year's class is at a new location! This year, the class will take place at Cherry Valley Fire Station #2 -- That's on Blackhawk Road a mile or two east of 11th Street! The class begins at 7:00 and space fills up quickly, so an early arrival is suggested!

Hope to see many of you all out there Thursday night!


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