Spring is coming: NWS weather safety class scheduled at Overbrook

Every year in preparation for storm season, the National Weather Service in Topeka presents severe weather safety and information talks that are open to the general public. In Osage County, Overbrook PRIDE has teamed up with Osage County Emergency Management director Bryce Romine to bring the NWS weather safety class to Overbrook, at 7 p.m. Thursday, March 12, in the community room at the Overbrook Public Library, 317 Maple St.

Admission is free and open to the public. Osage County Emergency Management will be selling NOAA weather radios at the event for $12 each to Osage County residents.

The NWS presentations are typically around 90 minutes long, and are presented by a NWS meteorologist. The 2015 show will focus on severe storm safety, preparedness and awareness. Storm structure and accurate identification of important cloud features associated with supercell and squall line thunderstorms are also touched on.

The class serves as an introduction to storm spotting, and NWS encourages everyone to use all they learn to pass along critical information about any severe weather they might experience.

In addition to attending a class, NWS asks interested persons to complete online training modules focused on the basics of convective weather and storm structure. NWS encourages all county spotters and others who are interested in becoming spotters to complete the training, which takes around two hours. The training modules can be accessed at https://www.meted.ucar.edu/training_course.php?id=23.

For more information about NWS weather safety talks, see http://www.crh.noaa.gov/top/?n=talks.

For information about the Overbrook weather safety talk, contact Bryce Romine, Osage County Emergency Management director, at 785-828-3323.

Other weather safety talks are scheduled throughout the state. On March 2, two classes will be held at Washburn University Memorial Union, Topeka, at 3 p.m. and 7 p.m.; and at 7 p.m. March 9, a class will be at Celebration Hall, 1737 S. Elm St., Ottawa.

Information thanks to NWS, Osage County Emergency Management and Overbrook PRIDE.

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