With just three days left in the month of February, we continue to inch closer and closer to the beginning of severe weather season in the Stateline and in the Midwest as a whole. With severe storms and tornadoes having occurred in just about every month on the calendar, it's never too early to start thinking about getting prepared. 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 Saturday in DeKalb. The free, two hour class begins at 2:00pm in the training room on the second floor of the DeKalb Police Department's station at 700 W. Lincoln Highway in DeKalb. There's no need to register in advance for the class, which 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 Saturday's course, the next one to be held in our area will take place in Freeport next Thursday Evening, March 5.