National Weather Service releases storm spotter training schedule for Wichita area

Storm chasers stop to photograph a growing thunderstorm.
Storm chasers stop to photograph a growing thunderstorm. File photo

There’s snow on the ground, but spring can’t be too far away: The Wichita branch of the National Weather Service has released its storm spotter training schedule for 2015.

The Wichita branch holds the classes in all 26 counties of its warning coverage area in Kansas.

The classes teach the basics of thunderstorm development, storm structure, weather features to look for and where to find them. People are also told what, when and how to report information.

Basic severe weather safety is also covered. The spotter classes typically take about 90 minutes to two hours and are open to the public. There is no fee and no prior experience is required.

Though it’s called a “storm spotter” presentation, weather officials encourage all residents to attend so they can be more knowledgeable when severe weather threatens.

The first spotter talk handled by the Wichita branch of the weather service will be in Lincoln on Feb. 9. The last will be April 11 at Exploration Place in Wichita. Another Wichita presentation will be held March 10 at Northwest High School.

The full schedule of spotter presentations can be found on the National Weather Service’s Wichita web site. The Sedgwick County Emergency Management office has conducted additional spotter talks in small towns around the county in recent years, though that schedule has not yet been released.

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