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Monday, February 24, 2020

Campbell County Searching for 'Weather Spotters'

By Jessie Eden

Are you one of those curious people who waits on the front porch for a thunder storm roll in while others are hurrying inside? This may be just the job for you.

The Campbell County Office of Emergency Management is working with the National Weather Service's Wilmington Field Office to create a 'Weather Spotters' Training course.

The course kicks off Tuesday, Mar. 3 at 6:30 p.m. at the Campbell County Fire Training Center at 10 Fire Training Center Drive in Highland Heights.

To learn more, check out the information below;

Weather Spotters Training:

The National Weather Service (NWS) office in Wilmington uses Doppler radar and satellite pictures as its primary tools to detect severe weather. However, the most important tool for observing thunderstorms is the trained eye of the storm spotter. 

Doppler radar gives indications of air motions inside a storm, but will not show the wind at ground level. It is impossible for any radar to detect every severe weather event in its coverage area, and radar occasionally suggests severe weather when, in fact, none is present. 

As a trained spotter, you perform an invaluable service for the NWS. Your real-time observations of tornadoes, hail, wind, and significant cloud formations provide a truly reliable information base for severe weather detection and verification. 

By providing observations, you are assisting the meteorologists at Wilmington in their warning decisions, and enabling the NWS to fulfill its mission of protecting life and property. You are helping to provide the citizens of your community with potentially life-saving information.

Pre-register for the class here.

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