Skywarn Storm Spotter Training

Skywarn Storm Spotter Training

WICHITA FALLS, TX (TNN) - Meteorologists from the National Weather Service in Norman held a training event at the MPEC Saturday morning.

In an exhibit hall filled with more than 100 experienced storm spotters, HAM-radio operators, public safety officials, and some storm enthusiast speaker Rick Smith broke-down storm spotting best practice.

Smith explained how the Warning System works, how the spotter fits into the system and how to identify the key ingredients of a thunderstorm. The aim is to prepare Spotters for the upcoming severe weather season.

Tony Wadley, Wichita County Emergency Coordinator, oversees the storm spotters in this area and he says the service is vital.

“So we are always looking to protect and be an asset to the community. So we provide that first level of notification that something is going on. We are watching those things as they come in letting everybody know what precautions they need to take.”

Meteorologist Rick Smith says storm spotting isn’t just for weather fanatics.

“No real qualifications, anybody can be a storm spotter. We’ve had spotters from grade school all the way up. It really just takes an interest in weather and really just an interest in helping people that is what everybody here has in common they want to learn to help there community to be safe when these storms roll thru.”

If you missed today training Smith says they will be having 15 more training in this area as well as some online training.

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