NWS Seeking Weather Spotters

The National Weather Service is offering training for Ohio Valley residents who want to become SkyWarn Severe Weather Storm Spotters.

The three-hour training class – slated for 6:30 p.m. April 25 at the Belmont County Emergency Operations Center, 68329 Bannock Road – will teach people severe weather recognition, reporting and safety. The class will cover the basics of thunderstorm development, fundamentals of storm structure, identifying potential severe weather features, information to report, how to report information and severe weather safety.

The training will be conducted by Bill Modzelewski, a Pittsburgh NWS meteorologist. To register, call the county Emergency Management Agency at 740-695-5984. The class is offered in conjunction with the Belmont County Commission and the EMA.

”It’s absolutely free and open to all,” said EMA spokeswoman Becky Horne.

Weather radar can only detect so much and so far, making ”human spotters” integral to giving people extra warning to take cover during a tornado or severe thunderstorm. Spotters can save lives by helping the weather service warn others of potentially deadly weather coming their way.