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Storm spotter training offered by National Weather Service

Fri, Apr 5th, 2013
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The National Weather Service (NWS) will be holding a SKYWARN Severe Weather Spotter Training class in Mabel, MN on Monday, April 22nd. The training will be held at the Mabel Canton Public School starting at 6:30 p.m.

The class will last around 2 hours and includes a multimedia presentation. Training is intended for storm spotters or potential storm spotters, but is open to the public and free of charge. A review of significant weather that hit the region in 2011 and 2012 will be included.

The NWS relies heavily on actual storm reports from “spotters”, which can include sheriff’s departments, local emergency management officials, police and fire departments, amateur radio operators, or anyone else that has attended one of these classes. These reports can prompt warnings that save lives, which has been proven many times through the years when severe weather strikes.

Todd Shea, Warning Coordination Meteorologist with the weather service in La Crosse, Wisconsin organizes the training each year and encourages large groups and active volunteers. “Accurate and timely reports of severe weather, by trained individuals, not only helps our office, but can save lives in the local community. We always need more eyes to the sky.”

Fillmore County, as well as other areas of southeast Minnesota, always needs more “ground-truth” weather reports to pass along to the National Weather Service. Again, training is Monday, April 22nd in Mabel, MN starting at 6:30 p.m. Pre-registration is not needed.

For further questions, you can contact Fillmore County Emergency Management or the National Weather Service at: Todd Shea, WCM, National Weather Service, N2788 County Road FA, La Crosse, WI 54601. The service has a home page on the Internet: Todd’s E-mail address is:

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