“Our view at the NWS is that storms spotters are part of our warning team,” Cogil said. “They confirm in real-time what is going on under the storm. The radar can provide us with all kinds of information, but we really don't know for certain until we receive reports from our spotters or county networks.”
The National Weather Service has released a schedule of storm spotter training events. Storm spotters have become an important part of the warning system because they can relay actual observations to meteorologists who would otherwise be making estimates based on radar.
Ottumwa and Oskaloosa are both scheduled for March classes. The Ottumwa class is at 6 p.m. March 11 at the rural health education building at Indian Hills. Oskaloosa’s class is scheduled for 7 p.m. March 13 at the ISU extension office.
The list is still being filled out. Not every county will have a class every year, but you’re not restricted to attendance only in the county you live in. And there are free webinars being set up to cover the same material.
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Source: Storm Prediction Center