Severe Weather Spotter training set for Big Piney April 5
by National Weather Service
March 30, 2011
People interested in learning about identifying and reporting important thunderstorm characteristics are invited to attend a free Severe Weather Spotter training class taught by meteorologists from the National Weather Service forecast office in Riverton. Certified severe weather spotters in Big Piney and the surrounding area provide quality storm reports during severe weather that can help better protect Sublette County residents.
Meteorologists from the Riverton forecast office will hold a two-hour Severe Weather Spotter training class beginning at 6:00 p.m. Tuesday, April 5 at the Bridger-Teton National Forest Big Piney Ranger District Office, 10418 South US Highway 189. The class is free of charge and open to all area residents interested in weather, thunderstorms, or public safety. All course materials are provided and completion cards will be given to all volunteers. Current spotters are encouraged to attend the training as a refresher for the upcoming season.
The training session is complete with videos and digital images of local thunderstorms that assist volunteers in correctly identifying important storm features. The course also teaches how various severe weather phenomena develop, proper safety actions, and reporting procedures.
"Our volunteer spotter network continues to be the best way for us to obtain quality, real-time reports," said Chris Jones, warning coordination meteorologist at the Riverton office. "These reports assist our forecasters in providing more accurate and potentially life-saving warnings to the public."
Additional information on storm spotting is available on the local National Weather Service website at http://www.weather.gov/riverton or by calling the Riverton office at (800) 211-1448. A complete severe weather spotter training schedule is available at http://www.weather.gov/riw/?n=spotter_training.