The National Weather Service, Marshall County Emergency Management Agency and Marshall County SKYWARN group are hosting a storm spotter training class.
It will cover the basics of thunderstorm development, fundamentals of storm structure, identifying potential severe weather features, information to report and how to report it and basic severe weather safety.
Participants are encouraged to complete the MetED Online Spotter Training prior to attending the class. It can be found online at https://www.meted.ucar.edu/training_course.php?id=23.
The SKYWARN concept was developed in the early 1970s to promote a cooperative effort between the National Weather Service and local communities. The effort focuses on individual, community-based storm spotters who report on wind gusts, hail size, rainfall and cloud formations that could signal a developing tornado.
The training is free and open to the public. It will take place Thursday, Feb. 23 at 6 p.m. EST in room 203 of the Marshall County Building at 112 W. Jefferson St. in Plymouth. Check-in will begin at 5:30 p.m.
Online registration is encouraged and can be done by visiting http://marshallINSpotter.eventzilla.net. Registration can also be done by calling 574-936-3740 or 574-834-1104.