The National Weather Service is offering virtual weather spotter training this year.
The spotter training classes cover severe weather hazards, including thunderstorms and tornadoes. The National Weather Service staff will talk about the general structure and movement of severe thunderstorms, as well as how to identify important storm features and safety concerns.
Only one class is needed to become a certified weather spotter, with recertification needed every two to three years.
The first online class was held last night, with the next one scheduled for Tuesday, March 16th at 1 pm. There will also be classes on March 18th, 22nd and 25th at 6:30 pm, March 27th at 1 pm, March 30th at 6:30 pm, April 1st at 1 pm and April 6th at 6:30 pm.
The classes last about two hours. They are free and open to anyone of any age, though ages 10 and up will likely get the most out of the weather spotter training.
Pre-registration is required – go to the National Weather Service website at https://www.weather.gov/dvn/spotters to get signed up.