Skywarn spotter training

   The National Weather Service (NWS) in Billings will be conducting a secondary Skywarn Spotter Training class in Baker following the recent tornado event. As part of this training, the NWS will also provide an overview of the recent EF-3 tornado that occurred. The Skywarn Spotter Training portion of the presentation will provide information on how to identify and report severe weather to your local NWS Office – keeping your local community informed of potential hazardous weather. Learn how you and your community can stay safe from these hazards.

   The National Weather Service Office in Billings, in cooperation with the Fallon County Disaster and Emergency Services in Baker, will be conducting a Skywarn Spotter Training session Thursday, June 30, 2016 from 6-8 p.m. at the Fallon County Fairgrounds exhibit hall.

   The National Weather Service relies on trained volunteers to supplement Doppler radar information on severe storms. Storm spotter reports are an important step in the National Weather Service warning decision process for severe thunderstorms that produce damaging hail, high winds, tornados and flash floods.

   The training is free and anyone interested in severe weather or becoming a trained severe storm spotter is invited to attend. Volunteers currently registered for the program are also encouraged to attend as a refresher.

   For additional information, please contact: Tom Frieders, National Weather Service, Billings, 406-652-0851 ext 223,

   Chuck Lee, Fallon County Disaster and Emergency Services, Baker, 406-778-7121,

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