National Weather Service to hold SKYWARN Spotter training

The National Weather Service (NWS) will be holding a SKYWARN Severe Weather Spotter Training in La Crosse, Wisconsin on Thursday, April 6th . The training will be held in the Marycrest Auditorium at Mayo Clinic Health System – Franciscan Skemp, 700 West Ave S. starting at 6:30 p.m. The class will last around 2 hours and includes a multimedia presentation. Training is intended for storm spotters or potential storm spotters, but is open to the public and free of charge. A review of recent and past severe weather will be included. The NWS relies heavily on actual storm reports from “spotters”, which can include sheriff’s departments, local emergency management officials, police and fire departments, amateur radio operators, or anyone else that has attended one of these classes. These reports can prompt warnings that save lives – a proven fact we’ve seen many times in our region. Todd Shea, Warning Coordination Meteorologist with the weather service in La Crosse, Wisconsin organizes the training each year and encourages large groups and active volunteers. “Accurate and timely reports of severe weather, by trained individuals, not only helps our office, but can save lives in the local community. We always need more eyes to the sky.” La Crosse County, as well as other areas of western Wisconsin, always needs more “ground-truth” weather reports to pass along to the National Weather Service. Again, training is Thursday, April 6th in La Crosse, Wisconsin starting at 6:30 p.m. Preregistration is not needed. You can view the training schedule at: www.weather.gov/lacrosse/skywarn_schedule

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