Free storm spotter training allows for accurate forecasts, improved safety

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New Hampton, Iowa – Monday kicks off weather awareness week which provides information about weather safety.

Being able to stay weather aware during severe weather season is key according to meteorologist Dave Lawrence with the National Weather Service.

One way is to become a trained weather spotter.

 

The National Weather Service, in partnership with the Chickasaw Emergency Management is holding a SKWYWARN spotter training Tuesday night at 6:30 at the Chickasaw County Rescue Squad.  Residents of Floyd and Mitchell Counties can attend a class on Thursday, April 11.

Lawrence says it’s not a science oriented class because they’re teaching basic meteorology.

 

The two hour class is free and is interactive with videos and questions.     After completing the class, you will be at rained weather spotter.

 

Trained weather spotters don’t have to be in the field to collect data. You can do it from your home, work or commute.

Lawrence says real-time information provides the best information to everyone