Storm spotters needed

Published 10:54 pm Wednesday, October 13, 2010

The National Weather Service out of Birmingham will conduct an annual training for Storm Spotters, Monday, Oct. 18, 6 p.m., at Wallace Community College Selma in the Byrd Science/Nursing Building, room 201.

Storm Spotters provide timely information on actual weather that occurs at or near the ground, which sometimes radar does not pick up. They are organized around local emergency management agencies, amateur radio clubs and people from fire departments, rescue squads and other public safety agencies.

“Spotters become the eyes and ears for the communities during inclement weather by providing weather situations which are occurring where they live, thus, allowing the NWS to provide enhanced forecasting, at times in advance of a particular storm,” said Rhonda Abbott, interim director of the Dallas County Emergency Management Agency.

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The training is free. For more information or to sign up for the class, call the emergency management agency at 874-2515.