Sedgwick County officials have announced 20 storm spotter training classes later this spring in Wichita and surrounding communities.
The classes include two put on by the National Weather Service and 18 presented by Sedgwick County Emergency Management. The two weather service presentations will be at 6:30 p.m. on March 10 at Northwest High School and at 10 a.m. on April 11 at Exploration Place.
The two-hour classes are multimedia presentations with videos offering the basics of thunderstorm development. That includes how to recognize storm structures and features and how to stay safe from them.
Presenters will also discuss what, when and how to report severe weather information. Classes are open to the public and no prior experience or knowledge of severe weather is necessary. There is no fee and no need to pre-register.
The schedule begins on Feb. 23 at Viola and ends April 15 at Park City. Classes will be held at McConnell Air Force Base, Mulvane, Maize, Derby, Valley Center, Bentley, Eastborough, Kechi, Colwich, Mount Hope, Goddard, Sedgwick, Cheney, Clearwater, Bel Aire and Haysville.
The entire schedule can be found online at The Eagle’s Finger on the Weather blog. Most classes will begin at 6:30 p.m., though the McConnell and Saturday sessions will start in the morning.