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A Storm Spotter Training class will be held Tuesday, March 7, according to Mark Hunefeld, Coordinator, Palo Alto EMA/E911. The class is open to the public. The storm spotter class will be held at the Iowa Lakes Community College Auditorium in Emmetsburg, beginning at 6 p.m. The effects of severe weather are felt every year by many Americans. To obtain critical weather information, NOAA's National Weather Service (NWS) established SKYWARN®. SKYWARN® is a volunteer program that provides timely and accurate reports of severe weather to the National Weather Service. The main responsibility of a SKYWARN® spotter is to identify and describe severe local storms. Information provided by SKYWARN® spotters help enable the NWS to issue more timely and accurate warnings for tornadoes, severe thunderstorms and flash floods. Training is free and typically lasts about two hours. Participants will learn: • Basics of thunderstorm development • Fundamentals of storm structure • Identifying potential severe weather features • Information to report • How to report information • Basic severe weather safety For additional information, contact Mark Hunefeld at 712-852-4997.


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