SKYWARN Storm Spotter Training Being Offered Virtually

SKYWARN Storm Spotter Training Being Offered Virtually

April 5, 2021 News -- KRJB-KRJM-KKCQ 0

Grand Forks, ND — Learn more about severe weather and help provide valuable and potentially life saving information through the National Weather Service SKYWARN Storm Spotter classes being offered throughout the month of April. Every year the National Weather Service in Grand Forks conducts both “basic” and “advanced” spotter training classes. Individuals are taught the basics of thunderstorm development, storm structure, what constitutes severe weather, and how to report this information. Advanced classes consider more extreme storm features to look for and where to find them. Additional information on reporting and basic severe weather safety are also covered. Typically, the National Weather Service tours the region offering the classes in a variety of location. But this year, Polk County Sheriff Jim Tadman says you have multiple opportunities to attend classes wherever you are as they will be offered virtually.

To register, visit www.weather.gov/fgf and look for the SKYWARN link. Skywarn (formed in the early 1970s) is the National Weather Service (NWS) program of volunteer severe weather spotters. Skywarn volunteers support their local community and government by providing the NWS with timely and accurate severe weather reports. These reports, when integrated with modern NWS technology, are used to inform communities of approaching severe weather. The focus of Skywarn (and of the NWS) is simple…to save lives and property.