Storm spotter training to be held next month

By Xiomara Levsen, The JOURNAL


On March 13 Washington County residents will be able to take storm-spotting training at the Washington Public Library.

Washington County Emergency Management coordinator Marissa Reisen said the training will be at 6:30 p.m., Tuesday, March 13, in the Nicola-Stoufer room at the library.

?Every two years it is held in the county,? Reisen said.

The training is held through the National Weather Service (NWS) in the Quad Cities.

?There will be a PowerPoint presentation about storm spotting and it goes over the different cloud forms and what the front side of a tornado looks like,? Reisen said. ?How a storm produces a tornado and what super cells are.?

There is no cost for the storm-spotting training, she added. There is room for 88 people.

?Last time the training was held there were 75 people there,? Reisen said.

If more than 88 people show up for the training there is an option to use the adjacent room, which will make the class available to 120 people.

?Everybody that attends can be a storm spotter afterward,? Reisen said. ?When a storm is coming you will get a call from the National Weather Service asking you what is going on in your area.?

To be a storm spotter for the NWS you have to take a storm-spotting class every two years, she added.