Seeking weather spotters

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By Carol A. Clark

The National Weather Service is holding a SKYWARN Spotter training session for the public from 9 a.m.-noon July 15 at the Department of Homeland Security and Emergency Management in Santa Fe. The class is free of charge and just one session is required to become a certified SKYWARN Spotter.

Los Alamos County Emergency Management Coordinator Philmont Taylor explained this morning that SKYWARN is a volunteer program with nearly 280,000 trained severe weather spotters.

“These volunteers help keep our local communities safe by providing timely and accurate reports of severe weather to the National Weather Service,” Taylor said. “The training includes the basics of thunderstorm development, severe thunderstorm structure, storm spotting techniques and procedures, hazardous weather safety, preparedness information, National Weather Service operations and procedures to include amateur radio nets.”

The training session isn’t heavy in science, Taylor said but has enough to it to allow people to learn to understand what it is they are seeing when they look at the sky.

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