Storm spotter training meeting scheduled

February 2, 2013

If you’ve ever wondered about storm spotting, or if you think you might be interested in serving as one, your chance to get involved is right around the corner.

A representative from the National Weather Service Office in Fort Worth will be in Granbury on Monday, Feb. 11, for a multimedia SKYWARN severe weather program presentation from 7-9 p.m. at Showbiz Cinemas, 1201 Water’s Edge, which sponsors the event. It’s part of the NWS area-wide weather preparedness campaign. It’s also free and open to the public. No advance registration is required.

Facts about what you can do to stay safe when thunderstorms threaten will be part of the discussion, as well as spotter operations and recommended reporting procedures.

It’s one of 60 training sessions the Fort Worth NWS Office will conduct in different cities on various dates, through March. The NWS in Fort Worth provides forecasts, warnings and weather services for 46 counties in North and North Central Texas.

“We have quite a bit of new material for this year’s spotter training program,” said Mark Fox, warning coordination meteorologist at the Fort Worth NWS Service Office. “We will be showing data from the severe weather events of 2012, plus emphasize how your storm observations help to save lives.

“Even if you don’t become an active storm spotter, you will learn about how storms work and the visual clues you can identify when storms are in your area. This will better prepare yourself and your family for the threats that storms pose.”

Fox noted that while weather radar remains a great tool, it only tells part of a storm’s story.

“Spotter observations are fundamental to the protection of life,” said Tom Bradshaw, meteorologist-in-charge of the Fort Worth NWS Office. “The combination of spotter reports and radar data gives us the best possible picture of the storms and what’s going on inside them.”

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