Local EMA to host weather spotter training on March 7

The Huntington County Emergency Management Agency will host the National Weather Service for Storm Spotter/Severe Weather Awareness training on Thursday, March 7, at 6 p.m.

This training will take place at the Huntington City-Township Public Library and will take about two hours.

The presenters are meteorologists from the National Weather Service office in North Webster.

The training is free and open to the public for all ages and is not limited to those who want to become official storm spotters, but is also a way to learn about the weather that affects people’s daily lives, notes EMS Director Robert Jeffers. It is also a great way to expose kids who show an interest in weather to the field of meteorology.

The role of a trained storm spotter is very important in relaying “ground truth” information to NWS as a part of the data it collects to determine whether or not to issue a severe weather warning, to continue an existing one, or even to cancel it, Jeffers says.

Although it is free, attendees need to preregister online at huntingtoninspot
ter.eventzilla.net or visit the NWS web page at weather.gov/iwx.

Those interested can also call the Emergency Management office at 358-4870 Monday through Friday from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. to register or to ask any questions.