If you are fascinated by weather, you might be interested in signing up for a spotter training course. Kelsey Angle is the warning coordination meteorologist at the National Weather Service office in Johnston.
While being a spotter is a volunteer position, there is a certain obligation or duty that comes with taking on the role. Spotters take a few moments to provide information to the National Weather Service when severe weather strikes their location. There’s no minimum age to become a spotter and the training is comprehensive.
The National Weather Service is holding a weather spotter training class in Anamosa tonight at 6:30 pm at the Lawrence Community Center, as well as next Tuesday, March 6th in Independence at 6 pm at the Mental Health Institute and next Thursday, March 8th in Volga at the fire station at 6:30 pm. Classes are also scheduled in Marion and Dubuque later this month. You can find more details online on your local National Weather Service website.
(story contribution from Radio Iowa)