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Be prepared for spring storms by becoming a weather spotter

Posted on 02/19/2019
Be prepared for spring storms by becoming a weather spotter

Spring is approaching, and with it, comes the threat of thunderstorms, tornadoes, and floods. In addition to having an emergency preparedness plan in place, residents can be better prepared for severe weather by attending the Weather Spotter Training Class on March 26.

The Weld County Office of Emergency Management (OEM) is hosting a free Weather Spotter Training Class at 6:30 p.m. on Tuesday, March 26, located in the Weld County Administration Building, 1150 O St., Greeley. The class is free, but a reservation is required.

Attendees will learn about different types of weather systems, and how to spot and report severe weather, such as tornadoes and thunderstorms. Participants will also learn how to stay safe in the event of tornadoes, floods, and lightning.

“After this training, you can look at the cloud formations and identify a supercell,” said Roy Rudisill, Director of OEM. “Those are the ones that typically have rain, hail, and are tornado producing.”

An added benefit to the training is the opportunity to earn weather spotting certification through the National Weather Service. Weather spotters are regularly used by the National Weather Service to help them provide timely warnings to the public when severe weather strikes.

Contact the Weld County Office of Emergency Management at 970-304-6540, or email Gracie Marquez at gmarquez@weldgov.com to reserve a seat in the training.