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Training to be held for weather spotters

Posted on Wednesday, August 31, 2016 at 10:48 am

The National Weather Service in St. Louis, in conjunction with the Audrain Emergency Communications Group Inc. (Amateur Radio Group) and Audrain Co. Emergency Management Agency will be presenting a “Skywarn” Weather Spotter Training on September 22 at 6:30-9:30 p.m. at the Community Room in the County Courthouse, 101 N. Jefferson Street in Mexico. Use Northwest lower level entrance. SKYWARN is the National Weather Service (NWS) program comprised of trained volunteer weather spotters. Storm spotters come from many walks of life, including fire fighters, law enforcement, amateur radio operators, and the general public. SKYWARN spotters coordinate with local emergency management officials and send reports of weather based phenomena to the NWS. Skywarn Spotter training  has no costs to citizens and open to any member of the public. Sometimes, based on the location, it may require registration. Storm spotters not only serve the community, but they provide important information to warning forecasters who make critical warning decisions. SKYWARN storm spotters play a critical role of giving the NWS and local EMA vital ground truth data, which helps the agencies to perform the primary mission and save lives and property.