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EMA to Host Storm Spotter Training

January 29, 2013

  01/30/13 In preparation for the upcoming severe weather season, The National Weather Service in cooperation with The Marshall County Emergency Management Agency and The Marshall County SKYWARN group will be hosting the annual Weather Observer and Outreach Talk (Storm Spotter Training).  This year’s program will be presented via a webinar and conference call.

The training will be conducted on Tuesday, February 5, 2013 at 6:30pm and will be held in room 203 of the Marshall County Building located at 112 West Jefferson Street in Plymouth.

SKYWARN is a concept developed in the early 1970’s that was intended to promote a cooperative effort between the National Weather Service and local communities.  The emphasis of the effort is often focused on the storm spotter, an individual who takes a position near their community and reports wind gusts, hail size, rainfall, and cloud formations that could signal a developing tornado.

Storm spotter training should not be confused with storm chasing.  While reports are helpful, we do not encourage people to put themselves in harm’s way to make a report.  Safety is our primary concern and we encourage everyone to seek shelter immediately during severe weather.

The training will include information on the following:

  • Basics of thunderstorm development
  • Fundamentals of storm structure
  • Identifying potential severe weather features
  • Information to report
  • How to report information
  • Basic severe weather safety

Additional SKYWARN Spotter Training can be found online at:

There is no charge for the training and it is open to the community.  If you would like additional information regarding severe weather and disaster preparedness please contact Clyde Avery, Director of the Marshall County Emergency Management Agency, at 936-3740.

Remember: Emergency Preparedness Is Everyone’s Responsibility

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