Weather Spotter Classes

Thursday, April 16th, 2009 at 6:47 am

From: Gene McLain, Pine County Homeland Security Emergency Management Director

This is an opportunity to learn first hand from a National Weather Service Meteorologist. You will learn what conditions make severe weather more likely, how to recognize scary looking clouds and what they mean, and what to do when you hear that severe weather is approaching. There is no cost of obligation of any kind.  Please attend and bring friends and family to learn how to recognize and protect yourself from dangerous weather systems.

What is SKYWARN?

SKYWARN is part of the National Weather Service’s warning program designed to establish a network of volunteers trained in the detection and reporting of life-threatening storms. Although advances in computers and communication networks have made great strides over the past several years, only one instrument can detect tornadoes with complete certainty – the human eye. We rely heavily on the reports that we receive from our 1300 pairs of our spotters eyes!

What will I learn?

By taking the SKYWARN spotter course you will learn about the meteorological dynamics involved in thunderstorm development, and ingredients necessary to make a thunderstorm severe or tornadic. You will also learn what features to look for when viewing thunderstorms. The reports that we receive from our spotters may help us to save the lives of your neighbors, family members, and even complete strangers in the next town.

The class usually lasts about an hour and a half. Due to the fast pace of technology and the new understanding of thunderstorms, we ask that you try to attend a SKYWARN class annually. The ID number you will be given will only be valid for four years and allow you to become an official reporter of severe weather to the National Weather Service. The classes are FREE and open to everyone interested. There is no charge or obligation.

Weather Spotter Training at 3 locations in Pine County.

Pine City at the 7th Grade Commons at 1400 Main Street South, Pine City, MN

Tuesday, April 21st from 7:00 to 9:00 pm

Askov City Hall at 6369 Kobmagergade, Askov, MN

Wednesday, April 29th from 6:30 to 8:30 pm

Willow River at the Northern Pine Riders Snowmobile Club at 3008 County Rd 43

Thursday, April 30th from 7:00 to 9:00 pm

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