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SkyWarn training teaches how to spot severe weather

Posted by Meteorologist Robb Ellis - bio | email | facebook

WILMINGTON, NC (WECT) -  Severe Weather season is upon us, and the National Weather Service wants your help in spotting severe weather.

Several SkyWarn training sessions will be offered in the next 2 weeks to help officials, ham radio operators and weather enthusiasts identify severe weather.

Spotters learn the difference in clouds types to assure that reports relayed to the National Weather Service are accurate. Learning the basics of cloud types and severe weather can make for more accurate reports.

The training will teach you the difference in low-hanging clouds versus funnel clouds and tornadoes. You can also learn WHAT to report and HOW to relay that information to the officials that need it.

Several training sessions are offered in nearby counties. There is a list below of the upcoming sessions and their locations.

March 28 Brunswick County EOC, 3325 Old Ocean Hwy., Building C, Bolivia, NC 10a - 12p
March 29 Columbus County EOC, 608 N. Thompson St., Whiteville, NC 7p - 9p

Previous SkyWarn training sessions in March have brought in around 30 to 40 trainees during each of the meetings in Brunswick, Pender and New Hanover Counties.

The National Weather Service is also recruiting for their CoCoRaHS observing program. The Community Collaborative Rain, Hail and Snow network is a collection of observers that provide additional observations for the National Weather Service.

Backyard weather enthusiasts are encouraged to attend and become a part of this program.

For more information regarding these sessions, please visit :
http://www.erh.noaa.gov/ilm/Misc/CoCoRahsNC.html

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