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Skywarn Stormspotter Course in Jefferson County

By Staff | Jan 26, 2015

Jefferson County Homeland Security and Emergency Management is sponsoring a National Weather Service Skywarn Stormspotter Course to be held at Independent Fire Company, 200 West 2nd Avenue, Ranson, on Feb. 26 from 6:30-9:30 p.m.

The following is a description of the course: This course is a prerequisite for all other courses. Basics I is a good general overview of severe weather for the general public. Upon completion of the course, attendees will be registered in the program by the NWS. Each will receive a spotter code from the NWS within six weeks.

Training in Basics I includes: The basic organization of the National Weather Service; the role and importance of the Skywarn spotter; NWS Products and the Watch/Warning/Advisory system; thunderstorms; thunderstorm threats including lightning. flooding, hail, tornadoes and downbursts; how to report vital info to the NWS; the role of amateur short-wave (HAM) radio in the Spotter Program,

People are required to pre-register for this class. This is necessary to control class size and provide the proper amount of handouts. Classes have a limited amount of space. If one registers for a class and can not make it, please notify instructors so that space can be made available for another attendee.

To register, please go to: www.eventbrite.com/e/national-weather-service-basic-skywarn-course

tickets-15227814804.

For those who have questions or need assistance to register, please contact Jessica Owens, deputy director, at 304-728-3329 or jowens@jeffersoncountywv.org.