Weather Spotter Class

The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration held a severe weather spotter class in council chambers this week.

Fire and police officials, NEMA Volunteers, and everyday citizens made their way out, despite the snowstorm, to learn how to spot a destructive tornado and then report it to community officials and the National Weather Service.

Attendees learned the difference between weather conditions and cloud formations that could turn into either a thunderstorm or a tornado.

“The training is really vital for the weather service because as great of technology as we have right now, we still don’t have a complete picture of what’s going on in the atmosphere. We really rely heavily on the spotters that come out and they fill in the gaps that we have and make a more complete picture,” said Ben Beubelbeiss, meteorologist at National Weather Service Chicago.

NOAA Instructor Beubelbeiss went into detail about the steps for becoming an effective ground spotter and how to properly phone in a storm report. However, he stressed it was more important to stay safe indoors than to call in an update.

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