Storm Spotter trainings are back in person this year after being held virtually due to COVID.
It’s a sign that spring and bad weather are fast approaching.
The National Weather Service holds these SKYWARN trainings each year to teach people how to report severe weather information.
Observers will learn about hail, floods, tornadoes, lightning, wall clouds, funnel clouds and how to report weather information to the NWS.
Rick Smith, the meteorologist responsible for coordinating warnings for the NWS’ Norman office, said the information is crucial to keeping Oklahomans safe by improving warnings and helping activate sirens in a timely manner.
“You would think that in 2022, with all the technology and all the radar we have, radar would see everything. Well, they just can’t, no matter how good the radar. So storm spotters who looking at things really helps supplement that radar data.”
Smith encourages anyone who loves the weather to attend the course.
There is no obligation to become a spotter after completing the training.
Classes are free and open to all ages.
They offer both in-person and virtual training.
For more information on a class near you, click here.