A crowd filled with emergency personnel, parents, and students attended a Severe Storm Spotter Training event held on October 27 inside the Van-Far High School Cafeteria.
The training was geared towards residents living in Audrain, Pike, and Ralls Counties.
James Kramper, NOAA Warning Coordination Meteroligist from the National Weather Service in St. Louis, gave an interactive Powerpoint presentation to teach enrollees the basics of thunderstorm development, storm structure, what features to look for, and where to find them.
The presentation was filled with photos and videos that helped Kramper in training those in attendance.
It included a focus on the National Weather Service County Warning Area (CWA), Forecast Warning Reception, thundestorms, Severe Weather Day, tornadoes and their strength, storm super cells, wall clouds, multi-cell line storm, hail size, flash flooding, and tornado safety.
Kramper even injected in some humor with a “Men In Black” reference.
He also talked to those who attended on how they can be an official spotter through registering on the internet at wxspotter.net.
Some photos were also shown of tornados in Audrain County (April 1998) among others in Knox County and damage from one in Illinois.