Weather spotter training scheduled at Melvern

The National Weather Service has scheduled a weather spotter talk at 7 p.m. Thursday, March 10, at the Melvern Community Center, 102 N. Main St., Melvern.

Every year, NWS Topeka presents severe weather safety and information talks which are open to the general public. Presentations are typically around 90 minutes long, and are given by a NWS meteorologist. The 2016 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.

During the training, NWS shares its contact information with attendees, who are encouraged to call NWS (once it is safe to do so) to pass along critical information about any severe weather experienced. The NWS might also call attendees after severe weather has passed to inquire about possible damage or hail size.

In addition to attending a class, NWS asks attendees to complete online training focused on the basics of convective weather and storm structure. All county spotters and others who are interested in becoming spotters are urged to complete this training as an introduction into basic spotting concepts. This training takes around two hours is split into two modules that can be accessed at https://www.meted.ucar.edu/training_course.php?id=23.

For more information about the weather spotter talk or online training, contact [email protected].

Information thanks to NWS Topeka.

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