With severe storm season already well underway, and the most active weeks still ahead of us, the National Weather Service is increasing its numbers of eyes and ears on the ground.
Dozens of emergency officials, amateur radio operators, and members of the public gathered Saturday morning for storm spotter training.
They learned about the fundamentals of severe weather development and how to stay safe around storms.
During severe weather, weather service meteorologists are often confined to their office, so trained spotters are key to getting them a complete picture of what’s happening.
Storm spotter classes are held every spring and fall.
For more information about future classes, visit weather.gov/jan/spotter.