Sunday, March 1, 2015

Weather Service Wants More Storm Spotters

The Omaha World-Herald reports that with tornado season right around the corner, the National Weather Service is seeking the public’s help in getting its warnings right.

According to the Omaha paper, the weather agency is recruiting and training storm spotters. The first classes will be held this week.  No special expertise is needed, and spotters don’t have to leave their own property.

Click here to see a schedule for storm spotter training in eastern Nebraska.  A class will be held March 17 in Beatrice.  Better yet,  another spotter class will be held March 28 at Saline Center Hall, 3 miles west and 7 miles south of Dorchester on Highway 15.  For more information, e-mail

Local emergency storm spotters are part of a network of volunteer spotters, organized by local emergency officials. They go through more rigorous training, typically have assigned spotting locations and often must have specific types of communication equipment. Volunteers who work strictly for the weather service perform at a more informal level. The amount of work they do depends on their personal circumstances. 

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