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Weather spotter training set for February

Published 6:37pm Tuesday, January 14, 2014

The National Weather Service is hosting Skywarn Weather Spotter Training  on Tuesday, Feb. 4 for those interested in becoming a volunteer weather spotter. The training will be held at the Notre Dame Campus, Jordan Hall, Room 101 in St. Joseph County, Ind., beginning at 6:30 p.m.

Year after year, reports from Skywarn volunteers assist the NWS in issuing more timely and accurate warnings based on real-time reports throughout their 37 county warning area covering Northern Indiana, Southern Michigan and Northwest Ohio.

The NWS’s primary mission is to issue warnings to protect life and property.

The information from this program assists Berrien County Emergency Management and local municipalities in protecting the public and creating efficiency in the damage assessment process.

There is no cost to attend this training, however registration is recommended as space is limited.

Go to: http://www.crh.noaa.gov/iwx/program_areas/outreach/index.php to sign up.

There are on-line options as well and a basic course is recommended before attending to help in learning. This information is available through the above link also.

For any further information, contact Berrien County Emergency Management at (269) 983-7111 ext. 4916 or Michael Lewis, meteorologist, at michael.lewis@noaa.gov.

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