National Weather Service to Conduct Storm Spotter Training Course in Dixon Thursday

Though bitterly cold temperatures are gripping the Stateline Wednesday Evening, and will continue throughout the day and night Thursday, it's never too early to start thinking about severe storm season, as it's inevitably right around the corner. With that in mind, the National Weather Service is hosting a series of storm spotter training courses in conjunction with local county emergency management offices throughout the region.

The next opportunity for Stateline residents to take part in storm spotter training comes Thursday in Dixon. The free, two hour class begins at 6:30pm in Room 1K04 at Sauk Valley Community College on Route 2 just southwest of Dixon. Pre-registration is not required, and the class is open to anyone.

While classes are appropriate for all ages, the National Weather Service asserts that attendees 10 years old or older will likely get the most out of the course.

Those attending the course will learn about the basics of severe weather, including structure of severe thunderstorms, how to identify specific features within a storm, how to properly position yourself in relationship to a storm, spotter safety, and how to communicate severe weather reports.

If you're unable to make Thursday's course, the next one to be held in our area will take place in DeKalb on Tuesday, February 25.