The National Weather Service, Barrow County Emergency Management and Barrow County Skywarn will present a free storm spotter training class in January 2011.
Since the late 1960s, the National Weather Service (NWS) has operated the Skywarn program.
Skywarn utilizes “storm spotters” to report on the ground weather conditions including wind gusts, hail size, rainfall and cloud formations that could signal a developing tornado. This information is provided to the National Weather Service for use in issuing alerts to the general public.
Storm spotters are organized by the NWS and emergency management agencies within communities. Currently, there are almost 300,000 storm spotters nationwide.
During the class, Barry Gooden, a meteorologist with the National Weather Service, will cover topics including radar abilities and limitations, spotter techniques, thunderstorm types, super cell types and more.
The class will be held Wednesday, Jan. 12, 2011 from 7-9 p.m. in the commission meeting room at the county annex, 233 East Broad Street in Winder. Advance registration is required.
For more information or to register for the class, visit www.BarrowCountySkywarn.net.