Wind chills may be sending shudders down your spine and snow may be on the ground where you live in the Sunflower State, but spring and severe weather season are just around the corner.
Storm spotter training classes presented by the National Weather Service begin in less than two weeks in southern Kansas, in less than three weeks in the Topeka area and less than a month for much of central and southwest Kansas.
All classes are free and open to the public.
The first class will be Feb. 11 in Sedan in Chautauqua County. The rest of the schedule of classes in the Wichita region can be found at http://www.crh.noaa.gov/ict/?n=spottertalks.
Classes presented by the Topeka branch of the weather service start Feb. 19 in Garnett in Anderson County. Go to http://www.crh.noaa.gov/top/?n=talks for the rest of the classes on the schedule.
The weather service’s Dodge City branch starts its spotter talks on Feb. 25 in WaKeeney in Trego County. The remainder of the classes slated for central and southwest Kansas are listed at the NWS site.
A schedule for spotter talks in the rest of Kansas has not yet been released.